Namibia, Japan to cooperate on sustainable development

23 Feb 2017 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 23 FEB (NAMPA) – The Mines and Energy Minister has pledged Government’s commitment to continue working with the Japanese government to promote sustainable development of Namibia’s natural resources to benefit all.
Obeth Kandjoze said this during the opening of the one-day Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) seminar for sustainable development of the mining sector of Namibia here on Thursday.
He said his ministry and JOGMEC intends to enhance the bilateral relations between the two governments in the field of mineral resources exploration and development in Namibia.
“I should point out that Japan played a significant role in essentially keeping Rössing Uraium mine alive during the nineties by buying uranium from the company at much higher prices than any other buyer was willing to,” he said.
In 2010, the two governments signed a memorandum of understanding in order to establish cooperation with the intention of expanding business opportunities for the two parties in both countries.
Kandjoze said the MoU resulted in the cooperation and mapping of rare metals resources and related geology in Namibia, using remote sensing techniques.
He stressed that this cooperation was beneficial for both parties in the sense of skills and knowledge transfer.
The minister added that another MoU was concluded in 2016 and focuses on the mapping of base metals resources geology using advanced remote sensing, and capacity building on geographic information system and data processing.
Over 100 mining experts attended the seminar which include 30 Japanese experts from JOGMEC and Japanese Embassy in Namibia.