China donates N.dollars 610 000 towards drought relief

22 Nov 2016 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 22 NOV (NAMPA) – The Chinese embassy in Namibia has donated N.dollars 610 000 to the Namibian National Disaster Emergency Fund.
The contribution follows a pledge by China’s President, Xi Jinping, to provide more than N.dollars 2 billion to drought affected African countries at last year’s sixth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony in the capital on Tuesday, China’s ambassador to Namibia, Wu Wei said his president is greatly concerned about the poor harvest caused by El Niño in many African countries, including Namibia.
The El Niño weather phenomenon refers to the large-scale ocean-atmosphere climate interaction linked to a periodic warming in sea surface temperatures, which induced drought in most southern African countries between October 2015 and March 2016.
“Namibia is also experiencing one of the worse recorded droughts, which poses a serious threat to the livelihood of many people,” he said.
Wu said at the beginning of this year, during his visit to Namibia, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, declared that China would donate 4 000 tonnes of rice to Namibia.
“The first batch of 500 tonnes of rice is now on the way and will arrive at Walvis Bay by mid-December,” he said.
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the donation by China is yet another reaffirmation of the good relationship between Namibia and China.
“I am confident this donation will go a long way in assisting and bringing relief to the most needy and vulnerable of our communities affected by severe drought,” he said.