19 Jun 2016 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) - The Namibian Government has reaffirmed its commitment to implement an agreement at the earliest possible date to trade uranium with India for peaceful use in nuclear energy.
This was stated in a joint communiqué availed to Nampa on Saturday after the State visit of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to Namibia from 15 to 17 June 2016.
The agreement, signed by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi in September 2009, also stated that the two countries will build nuclear power plants.
With reference to the International Solar Alliance (ISA) established during the COP21 in Paris, the Indian side briefed the Namibian side on recent developments and invited the latter to nominate a focal point for liaison with the Administrative Cell of the ISA and to forward pilot project proposals, read the statement.
India and France launched an ISA during the opening day of the COP21 climate summit talks in Paris in 2015 to invite countries with sunlight to implement solar projects and infrastructure in the world. ISA is a French project that aims to construct a 1 000 gigawatts peak of solar capacity around the world by 2030.
Furthermore, Namibia expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by India in the area of capacity building and human resource development under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme, through which over 1 000 Namibians have benefited.
India further informed the Namibian Government of their decision to further enhance the number of ITEC slots to 150 during the coming years.
Namibia and India have also agreed to work together to ensure better utilisation of tele-education and tele-medicine facilities installed in Namibia under the Pan Africa E-Network project.
This project is funded by the Government of India to provide adequate educational facilities and affordable healthcare to many developing countries, including Namibia.
In the area of trade, the two countries agreed to expand collaboration in the fields of energy, business, finance and investment, infrastructure, and education with a view to realise the true potential of bilateral economic relations.
The two nations further agreed to convene the next meetings of the Joint Trade Committee and the Joint Working Group on Geology and Mineral Resources at an early date.
India further offered Namibia 100 tonnes of medicine as a grant-in-aid over the next three years with a view to assist Namibia to implement the health goals envisaged under the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).
This developmental plan, launched by President Hage Geingob earlier this year, outlines planned activities for the next four years.
India further expressed its solidarity with Namibia on the ongoing drought situation and conveyed an assistance of 1 000 tonnes of rice, as well as a grant of US.dollars 20 000 (N.dollars 303 000) to the Indira Gandhi Maternity Clinic in Okahao of Omusati Region to meet some of its immediate equipment needs.
The Namibian Government conveyed their sincere appreciation for these gestures.
The Indian Government thanked Namibia for its consistent support to various Indian candidatures in international and other multilateral organisations. They agreed on the urgent need for reform of the United Nations (UN) Security Council to make it more representative and effective global body.
Mukherjee invited Geingob to visit India on a date yet to be decided.
During his three-day visit, Mukherjee addressed a Joint Session of the Namibian Parliament; students at the Namibia University of Science and Technology; visited the Independence Memorial Museum and Heroes Acre, where he laid a wreath in honour of Namibias heroes; and addressed the Indian business community in Namibia.