19 Oct 2017 08:20am
WINDHOEK, 18 OCT (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob has, on behalf of the ruling Swapo party, praised the Communist Party of China for having led efforts to economically transform China into an economic powerhouse.
Geingob said the Communist Party has managed to spearhead unprecedented and inspirational transformation of the Chinese society from a largely rural setting into a modern, technologically advanced metropolitan state.
He made the remarks on Wednesday in his congratulatory message to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the occasion of the Communist Party of Chinas 19th Ordinary Congress.
The Communist Party is Chinas ruling political party, led by Xi as its General Secretary.
In the letter to Xi, which was made available to the media, Geingob said China stands as a practical model for sustained economic growth, industrialisation and economic growth for developing countries such as Namibia.
He extended the countrys gratitude to the Communist Party and the Chinese people for their material support and solidarity extended to Swapo and Namibia during its struggle for liberation.
That is a practical expression of the adage A friend in need is a friend indeed. The Namibian and Chinese people are friends indeed, the president said.
Geingob noted that such a relationship between the two countries continued after Namibias independence, as China under the leadership of the Communist Party, was one of the first countries to establish full diplomatic relations with Namibia.
He said this heralded in a new era of government-to-government co-operation in different areas, and also opened new doors for trade, technology transfer and people-to-people exchanges.
The fruits of co-operation between our two countries are visible in many respects and it is our wish as the Swapo party to continue strengthening the bonds of co-operation between our two countries, both at party and Government levels, he said.
Geingob extended an invitation to the Communist Party to send its representatives to observe the upcoming sixth Ordinary Congress of the Swapo party slated for 23 to 26 November 2017.
China and Namibia enjoy bilateral corporation in various fields, such as economy, politics and culture.