Sakamoto bids Geingob farewell

28 Feb 2018 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 28 FEB (NAMPA) - Japan’s outgoing ambassador to Namibia, Hideyuki Sakamoto bade farewell to President Have Geingob at State House on Wednesday.
He told Geingob he understands the Harambee Prosperity Plan’s message and Namibia’s social challenges.
“That is why we have decided to increase our grants in the social sector, especially in education, health and agriculture,” he noted.
During his three-year tenure, Sakamoto said his embassy has supported the construction of 11 out of a total of 36 schools.
“We will continue to support the government’s efforts in addressing challenges,” he said.
In the agriculture sector, Sakamoto said his embassy has supported a mixed-crop system in the flood and drought areas of Namibia.
“This is a mahangu and rice cooperatives project with the University of Namibia,” he said, adding that the project was so successful that the agriculture ministry wants to expand it to small-scale farmers.
The ambassador said such projects are very important for small farmers as they can expect a larger harvest.
The embassy has also cooperated with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to come up with a master plan that will train and assist small farmers with the marketing of agriculture products.
Sakamoto further said his embassy supported logistic hub development and food storage.
“More than 4 000 tonnes of wheat from South Africa is on the way. This wheat will be given to government to distribute to drought-affected communities in the future,” he stated.
In other developments, a Japanese-Namibian fisheries joint venture opened a manufacturing plant for red spider crabs at Walvis Bay in 2016.
Meanwhile, Geingob said Sakamato’s achievements are impressive and fall within relevant sectors.
He also added that Japan is an economic power, which is why Namibia has an embassy there despite it being very expensive.
“If we can follow up with our embassy in Japan, we may gain more from your expertise and assistance,” Geingob said.
Sakamato is expected to leave Namibia in March for Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.