07 May 2016 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 07 MAY (NAMPA) - Over the next four years, the development cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Namibia will focus on education, skills development, agriculture and rural development.
The EU delegation in Namibia said in a media statement issued on Friday, the aim is towards sustainable growth and stability in Namibia.
Peace and security, the democratic process, respect for human rights and the rule of law should always be safeguarded.
It added that trade relations between the EU and Namibia are now on a solid footing after the successful conclusion of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
The signing and ratification of the EPA is expected to take place later this year.
This year, the EU and Namibia celebrate 25 years of partnership.
Meanwhile, the EU celebrates peace and unity on 09 May under Europe Day.
The event marks 66 years since Robert Schuman, a Luxembourg-born French statesman and one of the founders of the EU, outlined his vision to unite European states into one single community.
Europe would not be made all at once, or according to one single plan; it would be built on concrete achievements which first creates de facto solidarity, said Schuman at the time.
On her part, EU Ambassador to Namibia Jana Hybaskova said Europe is still affected by many challenges such as home-grown terrorism.
The change in Europe became more evident after the attacks in Brussels on the morning of 22 March 2016 - a strike at the heart of the European Union, she said.
Hybaskova added that despite the threats posed by terrorists, Europe has resolved to respond collectively with courage and strength to face these challenges head-on.
Thirty-five people, including three perpetrators, died in three coordinated nail bombings: two at the Brussels Airport in Zaventem, and one at Maalbeek metro station in Brussels.