Namibian and Russian youth sign cooperation agreement

18 Nov 2016 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 18 NOV (NAMPA) – The National Youth Council (NYC) of Namibia and that of Russia on Thursday entered into a two-year cooperation agreement to promote the participation of youth in decision making processes.
The agreement was signed by NYC Executive Chairperson, Mandela Kapere and Chairperson of the Russian National Preparatory Committee, Grigory Petushkov.
Kapere said the agreement aims to develop youth volunteer programmes and build the capacities of youth organisations in the two countries.
“We are quite privileged and proud that a major industrialised global power sees it fit to enter in an agreement with Namibia. It is a testament of our work,” Kapere said.
He noted that the two parties had also agreed to develop and implement bilateral projects such as strengthening youth associations and consultative structures, entrepreneurs, journalists and scientists.
Kapere further said the two youth councils will promote and exchange programmes between experts including a practically-oriented exchange of views and experiences of youth workers within the organisations’ bilateral internships.
On his part, Petushkov who spoke through an interpreter, expressed gratitude to work with Namibian youth in sharing experiences on issues concerning them.
“It is a historic moment for us to work with NYC of Namibia and we are interested to work with youth in Africa,” he said.
Petushkov invited the Namibian counterparts to participate in Russia’s 25th youth anniversary celebrations in October 2017 as it will unite more than 60 youth organisations.
The three-person Russian youth delegation of Petushkov, Alexandra Fedko and Sergey Bagror also met President Hage Geingob during the three-day visit to Namibia.