China-Namibia relations are forever - Esau

10 Jul 2016 12:20pm
HARDAP DAM, 10 JUL (NAMPA) – Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhardt Esau on Friday gushingly praised the China-Namibia friendship and vowed that China would remain the country’s development partner forever.
“China helps us, they helped us during the Liberation Struggle and they continue to help us,” Esau said during the handover ceremony of the Hardap Inland Aquaculture Centre, upgraded by the Chinese Government.
The upgrade by Chinese construction company, Stecol Corporation was done at a cost of N.dollars 35 million.
Esau said the donation, coupled with the technical expertise, was yet another symbol of the all-weather friendship between China and Namibia.
“A friend in need is a friend indeed. China is a true friend and this friendship is a revolution which has come and which will not be stopped. It will bring prosperity to Namibia and it will make sure that poverty is defeated in Namibia.”
The Acting Ambassador of the Chinese Embassy in Namibia, Wu Wei also lauded the friendship.
“Namibia has become one of the most important trade partners and investment destinations in Africa and more and more Chinese enterprises have established their business here.”
Wu said China would forever be a staunch supporter and reliable development partner to Namibia.
The renovated fish farm now has the capacity to produce between four and 7,5 tonnes of fish per month and 18 metric tonnes per year, according to Esau.
“Operated optimally, the project should be able to serve the Hardap Region and nearby regions such as //Kharas and Omaheke, before it serves the rest of the country.”
Twenty-five people are currently employed at the farm. A staff member told Nampa that the farm would produce at peak only if Government doubled the workforce.
China-Namibia friendship during construction was tested at times with recurring differences on technical specifications of the upgrade, Nampa also learnt.
In the end however, an aquatic products processing plant with cold storage, five open fish ponds and six fish cultivation green houses were built.
Some of the existing facilities were renovated.