Namibia and Singapore commit to stronger bilateral relations

05 Nov 2016 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 05 NOV (NAMPA) - Namibia and Singapore have committed to working closer together to strengthen the existing cordial bilateral relations between the two countries.
This was decided between Namibia's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and her Singaporean counterpart Mohamad Maliki bin Osman at the end of Osman’s two-day visit to Namibia on Saturday.
The Singaporean minister of foreign affairs told a joint media conference at a local hotel Saturday morning that his country is fully committed to work with Namibia in the area of trade.
The two ministers discussed issues of common interest and have identified new areas of cooperation and collaboration.
“We need to work closer together on issues pertaining to human resources capacity building and development,” said Osman.
He said Namibia need to send its top-level civil servants for further training in human resources capacity building and development at the Singapore Training College of Civil Servants.
On her part, Nandi-Ndaitwah informed Osman on her availability and openness to engage in consultations on ways in which the two countries can move forward, especially in areas of economics, trade and business development.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said Namibia will remain and important partner to Singapore and it is therefore important that the two countries move forward in unison towards greater economic developmental ties.
She also accepted an invitation to visit Singapore during the course of this year or early next year as part of strengthening relations between the two countries.
Osman and his high-powered delegation left Namibia for Singapore on Saturday afternoon.
Singapore, with a territory of about 700 square kilometres, has a population of about 5,7 million people.
As part of its role in the United Nations, Singapore held a rotational seat on the United Nations Security Council from 2001 to 2002.
It participated in UN peacekeeping missions in Kuwait, Angola, Kenya, Cambodia and Timor Leste.
The country supports the concept of Southeast Asian regionalism and plays an active role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, of which Singapore is a founding member.
Singapore is also a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, which has its Secretariat in Singapore.