Namibia, Portugal to enhance Portuguese language teaching here

15 Nov 2016 07:40am
WINDHOEK, 15 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibia and Portugal are expected to renew their cooperation agreements regarding Portuguese language courses here, following the expiration of the previous agreements in 2015.
Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maureen Hinda announced this during a meeting with Portugal Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Teresa Ribeiro in Windhoek on Monday.
Ribeiro is in the country for a five-day diplomatic consultation between Namibia and Portugal.
Bilateral agreements involve teaching Portuguese to members of the Namibian Police Force and in the Namibian education system.
Hinda said the memorandum of understanding on Portuguese as a foreign language has assumed greater importance and urgency, considering that Namibia is an observer member of the community of Portuguese language-speaking countries.
She said there are other pending agreements being negotiated, which will be finalised and signed in due course.
These include agreements on air transport between Namibia and Portugal; in the fields of internal security, culture, education, science, sports, youth and media; as well as the protocol between the Portuguese Ministry of Home Affairs and the Namibian Ministry of Safety and Security on police training.
The deputy minister said there are still potential areas of cooperation the two countries can explore such as the ‘blue’ economy, ship building and maintenance, tourism, agriculture and research, information exchange, and training.
“We therefore urge our businesspeople to establish joint ventures in these sectors,” she said.
Ribeiro praised Namibia as a good partner for Portugal in many fields. This was confirmed by Portuguese businesspeople who were in the country for the ‘Invest in Namibia’ international conference that ended Thursday, she said.
Ribeiro looks forward to improving economic relations between the two countries.
“We want you to have an embassy in Portugal for us to keep in consultations to improve the economic relations between the two countries,” she said.
Ribeiro and her six-member delegation also had a meeting with the Bank of Namibia (BoN) management regarding research, amongst others.