Nam and Cuba to accelerate projects in manufacturing sector

23 Oct 2015 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 23 OCT (NAMPA) – Namibia and Cuba are embarking on concrete steps to accelerate projects in the manufacturing sector, the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Peya Mushelenga says.
The deputy minister made the announcement during a courtesy visit of the Cuban Vice-Minister of Trade and Foreign Investment, Ileana Nunez here on Friday.
Mushelenga said the two countries will embark on concrete steps to fast-track three projects in the manufacturing sector.
The projects include the establishment of a pharmaceutical plant as well as work on renewable energy and capacity building in the manufacturing sector.
Mushelenga said during President Hage Geingob’s official visit to Cuba last month, the President emphasised the early operationalisation of the joint pharmaceutical plant and it is therefore fitting to accelerate work on the project.
“Namibia is pursuing value addition in our manufacturing sector and increasing the country’s manufacturing capability. We therefore will work with our counterparts to source Cuban technological expertise in efforts to industrialise and brings skills to the manufacturing sector,” he said.
He further said that Namibia plans to further develop renewable energy given the imminent power deficit in the country.
“We also reviewed cooperation in other areas and we plan to put in place the necessary measures for early implementation of the agreed commitments,” Mushelenga said.
The Cuban Vice-Minister of Trade and Foreign Investment is in Namibia on a State visit from Tuesday until Sunday.
Her visit is aimed at inaugurating the Namibia-Cuba Joint Working Group (JWG) that is tasked with promoting and strengthening trade and commercial cooperation between Namibia and Cuba.
Nunez said she is sure her Namibian counterparts and other entities involved in the projects will work hard.
She gave her assurance that she will do the same as soon as she is back in Cuba in order to fulfil the main commitment that President Geingob and Raul Castro, the President of Cuba, agreed on, which is to develop the economic and commercial bilateral relations between the two countries.
After the official meeting with the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Nunez went to State House to meet with Geingob and brief him on the meeting she had with Mushelenga.
Nunez paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and Small Medium Enterprise (SME) Development, Pieter van der Walt on Wednesday, when a presentation on renewable energy was made by NamPower.
She also visited the Hartlief Corporation and Namibia Breweries Limited to see first-hand how the production of the two companies functions.