China to accelerate cooperation with Namibia

07 Feb 2016 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA) - Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi says he expects Namibia and China’s cooperation to accelerate.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to Namibian President Hage Geingob here on Friday, Wang commended the relationship between Namibia and China, and said he is satisfied with the cooperation between the two countries.
His visit follows the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in Johannesburg, South Africa in December 2015. The forum focused on the China-Africa industrialisation programme, infrastructure expansion, financial services, green development cooperation, trade, investment facilitation, poverty reduction cooperation, public welfare and public health, people-to-people exchanges, and peace and security programmes.
The foreign affairs minister on behalf of the Chinese government pledged help towards ensuring food security, creating new growth areas in the marine economy, aquaculture and technology through its cooperation with Namibia.
“China will also find ways to translate the rich resources of the country into competitiveness through its cooperation in the mining sector and providing training to advance human resource capacity in Namibia,” he stated.
He further noted that he hopes Namibia takes part in the industrialisation programme. China’s President Xi Jinping announced during the FOCAC that China will help Africa train 200 000 skilled personnel through its industrialisation programme in the next three years.
“From the perspective of the Chinese government, Chinese business people (in Namibia), state-owned enterprises and private businesses will be called upon to abide by local laws and regulations, to behave in accordance with the law and show that their social responsibilities lie with the local people,” he said.
Wang also called on Chinese business people to make their contribution towards social and economic development in Namibia.