SA, Namibia want to enhance bilateral trade

18 May 2017 20:10pm
WINDHOEK, 18 MAY (NAMPA) – South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has said Namibia and South Africa are working towards enhancing bilateral trade.
Nkoana-Mashabane, in her capacity as Special Envoy of President Jacob Zuma, delivered a message to President Hage Geingob at State House on Thursday.
Speaking to the media after a closed-door engagement with Geingob, Nkoana-Mashabane said the message focused on strengthening relations between the two countries.
“We are looking at specific projects which both presidents (Geingob and Zuma) refer to as joint exploration, exploitation and beneficiation of our own resources,” she said.
Nkoana-Mashabane added that both Geingob and Zuma want progress in the projects.
“Then we can talk about how we can accelerate trade,” she said.
She also raised concern that levels of consumerism are increasing, but this is not equaled by the zeal and zest of the youth to go into the productive sector as job creators and not as job seekers.
The minister also delivered a note on the Double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) that was held in Gaborone, Botswana on 28 June 2016.
The aim of the summit was to receive a progress report on the implementation of SADC decisions in relation to the political situation in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
“Lesotho is going through another election on 03 June 2017, so we needed to exchange notes on that.
“His Excellency (Jacob Zuma) also sent me here to come and be appraised by his Excellency (Hage Geingob) on how we can work on African unity,” she said.
Nkoana-Mashabane said Geingob gave her a copy of a report of the Fourth Consultative Summit of the African Union Committee of Ten Heads of State that was held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 16 to 17 May 2017, to deliver to Zuma.