India ready to assist Nam with HPP

16 Jun 2016 20:20pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JUN (NAMPA) - India’s President Pranab Mukherjee says his country is ready to assist Namibia to achieve the Harambee Prosperity Plan’s socio-economic objectives.
Launched by President Hage Geingob earlier this year, the developmental plan with outlined planned activities for the next four years is amongst others aimed at reducing poverty and inequality.
Mukherjee, who addressed a joint session of parliament in the National Assembly on Thursday, said India would also be happy to partner with Namibia in the implementation of Vision 2030 through inclusive development and capacity building.
He added that India remains committed to a strong development partnership with Namibia in the south-south framework.
“We will continue to extend all possible assistance in human resource development and capacity building in Namibia,” he said.
India's expertise in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and digital technologies, agriculture and dairy development can be utilised to further cement the economic partnership.
Mukherjee noted that Namibia is a valuable partner in India's quest for progress and prosperity as the two nations pursue identical priorities such as skilling the youth, eradicating poverty, building infrastructure without damaging the environment, sustainable technologies that save water and the prevention of desertification.
“We are united not only by our shared past but, at this moment, by our common aspirations. India and Namibia can achieve much together by building on our synergies,” he said.
The India President went on to say his country admires the contribution of the Namibian parliament to promoting inclusive political dialogue and spearheading Namibia's development agenda, adding that Namibia is one of the few societies in the world that has realised the goal of an equitable gender balance.
On his part, the Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi said the two countries should work towards growth in cooperation and deepened engagement, also with the rest of Africa, especially since African countries have rejuvenated the call for regional integration on the continent.
He noted that in recent years, India and Namibia have collaborated in a number of fields aimed at promoting bilateral relations.
“We recall with thanks and appreciation the various education and on-the-job training programmes that the government of the Republic of India has extended to the Government of Namibia,” he said.
Mukherjee arrived here on Wednesday for a three-day State visit on invitation by President Hage Geingob.