28 Nov 2016 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 28 NOV (NAMPA) Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Peya Mushelenga has said the death of former Cuban President, Fidel Castro is a loss to the Namibian people.
Mushelenga told Nampa on Sunday the two countries have been enjoying longstanding relations, therefore Namibia is deeply touched by the death of the Cuban revolutionist.
Castro died Friday at the age of 90.
Mushelenga noted that Cuba and Namibia established a Joint Working Group (JWG) in 2015 to promote trade and commercial cooperation.
The deputy minister, who is also the chairperson of the JWG, said the initiative aims to strengthen relations in different fields such as agriculture, environment, tourism, education, health, and international relations.
As part of these relations, we have sent about 200 students to Cuba to further their studies in the medical and health related fields, he said, adding this shows that there is sound relationship.
In 2011, Namibia sourced external assistance in the form of Cuban town planners and engineers to assist in town planning and the servicing of land.
One Cuban town planner and one Cuban engineer were appointed in each region.
In 2012, Namibian businesses participated in the 2012 Havana International Trade Show that is normally graced by key Cuban decision makers and purchasers from industrial and commercial State entities, as well as import enterprises.
They use the one-week event to negotiate contracts with foreign suppliers, learn about new technologies and products, meet new exporters and strengthen their relationships with established suppliers.
Castro took power in a 1959 revolution against former dictator Fulgencio Batista and ruled Cuba for 49 years.
The former leader retired from public life in 2006 due to ill health. He formally transferred the presidency to his brother, Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz, in 2008.