Upward growth trajectory in our relations: Mukherjee

19 Jun 2016 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) - Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday concluded his three-day State visit to Namibia by encouraging Indian businesses here to continue playing a ‘stellar role’ in strengthening ties of friendship between the two countries.
Mukherjee said this when he met over 50 members of the Indian business community in Namibia during a reception hosted by the Indian High Commission here.
“I have been informed by the Indian High Commission that the community here, even if small in numbers, is vibrant and well regarded.
“You are engaged in different professions, including business, trade, engineering, medicine, and even ecclesiastical services. You represent a microcosm of the Indian society. I am informed that there is also a street here named after the father of the Indian nation, Mahatma Gandhi,” he noted.
Mukherjee said India-Namibia relations have always been marked by trust and understanding, and the Government of India has tremendous goodwill and affection for the people of Namibia.
This is reflected in the fact that the Government of India accorded full diplomatic recognition to the Swapo-party office in New Delhi, India before Namibia’s independence in 1990.
Since then, the two countries have been close partners in a number of developmental activities.
Over 1 000 Namibians have also by now received training in India under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme.
The Indian leader said US.dollars 5 million (about N.dollars 75,8 million) worth of computers and information and communication technology (ICT) equipment gifted recently by India to Namibia will strengthen the health infrastructure in Namibia.
“I am glad that the Faculty of Information Technology (IT) and Mining Technology of the University of Namibia (UNAM) built with the US.dollars 12 million (about N.dollars 181 million) grant from India is contributing to human resource development and capacity building in this friendly country.”
He thanked the Government of Namibia, and especially President Hage Geingob, for creating the enabling environment for their co-operation to flourish, adding they had a productive discussion during his visit.
“We are both convinced that the future trajectory of our relations is only upward. We have identified several areas, including business and trade, culture, health, ICT, education and training for priority attention.”
Mukherjee and his 73-member delegation was seen off at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Friday evening by Geingob, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and other Cabinet ministers.