Italy to assist Namibia with water management

27 Jun 2016 20:00pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JUN (NAMPA) - The Italian government is prepared to assist Namibia with expertise in water resource management and renewable energy.
In an interview with the media on Monday immediately after his meeting with President Hage Geingob at State House, Italian Ambassador accredited to Namibia and based in Pretoria, Pietro Giovanni Donnici indicated that the two governments are currently busy working on an agreement on water resource management and renewable energy, which will be signed soon.
“The Italian government is eager to assist the Namibia government in its endeavour to deal with the water resource management and renewable energy,” he said.
Donnici said it is up to the Namibian government to indicate in which areas it needs assistance.
The Italian diplomat said he would like to see Italian companies operating in Namibia in different sectors, including energy and water resources.
He also indicated that Italy is one of the countries in Europe which has experience in water resource management and renewable energy.
Namibia is faced with water shortage challenges due to below-normal rain for three years consecutively.
Currently, the country is going through a severe drought.
Namibia is also faced with a power shortage due to power supply problems in neighbouring countries, with some of power utilities considering cutting its exports to Namibia.
Eskom supplies more than 70 per cent of electricity generated in the region, and Namibian power utility, NamPower, imports a significant amount of its power needs from especially Eskom.