Namibia’s development impresses Mali President

22 Mar 2016 11:10am

WALVIS BAY, 21 MAR (NAMPA) – The President of Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is impressed by the Namibian development projects he visited during his four-day state visit.
Accompanied by President Hage Geingob, the Mali President visited Swakop Uranium’s Husab mine outside Arandis on Saturday and on Sunday he was taken to see the Seawork Fish Processors factory in Walvis Bay.
“I am impressed by the development in Namibia, equally convinced that there is economic prosperity and the future of this country is bright. Long live Namibia!” Keita said on Sunday.
The N.dollars 20 billion Husab mine currently under construction employs 4 500 temporary and 1 300 permanent workers.
Seawork is a 12 year-old fully Namibian owned company that employs 1 500 Namibians on permanent basis.
Also in Walvis Bay, the two Heads of State visited the new container terminal that is part of the port of Walvis Bay expansion and the oil tanker jetty, also under construction at this harbour town.
Keita noted that expansion of the port is not only crucial for Namibia alone but is also for other African countries.
“Such developments are a milestone in Africa’s economic integration because countries which have no ports are now able to use this Port of Walvis Bay for trade.”
Mali, a former French colony, is a landlocked country in West Africa with a population of around 14.5 million people.
It is the eighth-largest country in Africa, with an area of just over 1 240 000 square kilometres.
The country's economy centres on agriculture and fishing, with about 70 per cent of the country’s labour force being involved in agriculture.
Surplus fish from the Niger River is smoked and exported.
Some of Mali's prominent natural resources include gold, uranium and salt, being the third largest producer of gold on the African continent.
Geingob and Keita returned to Windhoek for the 26th Independence Anniversary celebration on Monday.
The Malian President, his wife, First Lady Aminata Keita and entourage will return home country on Tuesday.