16 Jun 2016 20:00pm
WINDHOEK, 15 JUN (NAMPA) Namibia and India on Thursday signed agreements on the establishment of a centre of excellence in technology and technical cooperation on capacity building for public officials.
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India, Amar Sinha signed the agreement on the establishment of a centre of excellence on behalf of the two countries.
Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (Nipam) acting Executive Director Edwin Tjiramba and Indian High Commissioner to Namibia Kumar Tuhin signed the technical cooperation agreement.
The agreements were signed during Indian President Pranab Mukherjee's State Visit to Namibia.
Speaking to Nampa after the signing ceremony, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of International Relations Selma Ashipala-Musavyi said the centre of excellence will equip Namibians in the field of technology.
She added that the modalities and implementation of the agreement will be the responsibility of the Ministry of Higher Education, Innovation and Technology.
The aim is to start with two classrooms of 25 students each for now in order to enhance their technology skills, Ashipala-Musavyi said.
India will provide the software and hardware to be used in the training.
Tjiramba said the idea of a technical cooperation agreement originated on a visit to India some time back and will help Nipam with capacity-building and training, research and consultancy for public servants.
It does not have a time limit, but usually our agreements are good for three years. The funding and modalities will be discussed later, he said.
The agreement is effective as from 15 June 2016.
President Hage Geingob and President Mukherjee, who arrived here on Wednesday, witnessed the signing of the agreement.