Geingob receives new diplomats

10 Aug 2017 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 10 AUG (NAMPA) – Ambassadors and High Commissioners from France, Ghana, China, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Panama presented their letters of credence to President Hage Geingob at State House on Thursday.
Speaking to the media after his presentation on the involvement of some Chinese nationals in crimes such as poaching, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yiming said it has always been his government’s policy to fight against such crimes.
“We noticed that quite a few Chinese nationals commit some crimes in Namibia but those people cannot represent the whole community of Chinese people in Namibia,” he said.
He said his government will join hands with the Namibian government to fight those crimes that involve Chinese nationals.
Zhang also noted that China and Namibia were long lasting friends.
“From the 1960s of the last century, the Chinese government has offered selfless support to Namibians during their struggle for liberation,” Zhang said.
He emphasised that his government will continue to encourage stronger Chinese companies to come and invest in Namibia to contribute to the efforts of job creation, poverty eradication and industrialisation.
“As the new Chinese ambassador to Namibia, I will work closely with all concerned authorities of the Namibian government as well as the Namibian people to build our bilateral relationship [to become] stronger and closer,” he noted.
Also speaking to the media after her presentation, Nigerian High Commissioner to Namibia, Lilian Ijeukwu Onoh said her government and the Namibian government has advanced discussions on setting up an oil refinery plant in Namibia.
She also said Nigeria, Ghana and Namibia are in talks to establish a direct air link between the three countries.
“We are working on a tripartite cooperation to see how we can increase intra-Africa trade,” Onoh said.
Ambassadors and High Commissioners from Tanzania, Lithuania, Argentina, Mauritius, Equatorial Guinea and Pakistan are to present their credentials to the head of state Friday.