Singapore vows to assist Namibia's development programmes

22 Jun 2016 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUN (NAMPA) – High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore to South Africa, who also serves Namibia, Chua Thai-Keong re-committed his country's willingness to assist Namibia in the country's development agenda.
“If there are areas where we could work together, such as water management, urban development and vocational training, Singapore would be happy to do what they need to do in these areas,” he told members of the media after his closed-door courtesy meeting with Namibian Vice-President, Nickey Iyambo, in the capital on Wednesday.
The purpose of his visit is to promote the bilateral relations between the two countries.
“Although we are far away, as small countries we have many common interests, so I came to call on the Vice-President to update him on the developments in Singapore and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
“I shared with him the ASEAN community development programme that we have launched in January 2016 and encouraged him to take a greater interest in this positive development,” he explained.
ASEAN is a political and economical regional bloc of ten Southeast Asian countries: Indonesia; Malaysia; The Philippines, Singapore; Thailand; Brunei; Cambodia; Laos; Myanmar and Vietnam. It was formed on 8 August 1967.
“The 10 countries of the ASEAN formed a market of 600 million people with a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$ 2 trillion (about N.dollars 29 trillion) which is expected to grow by 4 to 6 per cent this year.”
Thai-Keong arrived in Namibia on 20 June and will be leaving on 24 June 2016.