Namibia and Indonesia should deepen trade: Geingob

30 Aug 2018 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 30 AUG (NAMPA) –There is a need for Namibia and Indonesia to deepen trade, investment and to create opportunities for shared prosperity, President Hage Geingob has said.

Speaking during a State visit to Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday, Geingob added that referencing Indonesia's support during the liberation struggle and the founding of the Non-Aligned Movement at Bandung conference in 1955, there is a need for the two countries to reignite the spirit of that conference.

The conference is aimed to promote Afro-Asian economic and cultural cooperation while also opposing colonialism or neo-colonialism by any nation.

Geingob expressed that Namibia appreciates Indonesia’s commitment of bilateral partnership through areas of agriculture, fisheries, human capacity development, health and culture, which was officially institutionalised with the establishment of joint commission of cooperation in 2009.

“We need to maintain the periodic meetings of our joint commission of cooperation to ensure that the rate of implementation, monitoring and follow-up on various agreements is sustained,” he stressed.

The Head of State further noted that bench-marking Namibia’s agricultural standards with those of Indonesia, will help improve food self-reliance, diversify sources of income and generate much-needed revenue from the vital sector of the economy.

He also announced that all Indonesian holders of diplomatic, official and ordinary passports are exempted from visa requirements effective 21 August 2018.

“I am confident that this will lead to increased people to people movement in particular business persons and tourists,” he continued.

The Namibian Leader alluded that as members of the Non-Aligned Movement and G77, the two countries should continue to maintain regular consultations on vital issues such as promotion of sustainable development, global peace and stability in the framework of multilateralism.