Namibia and Guinea should nourish bilateral relations: Nandi-Ndaitwah

06 May 2019 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAY (NAMPA) – Historic bilateral relations between Namibia and Guinea should be nourished through continuous engagements to fulfil the two countries’ common vision, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has said.
Nandi-Ndaitwah, who addressed the inaugural session of the Namibia-Guinea Joint Commission of Cooperation (JCC) here on Monday, said the relations are characterised by a common vision and shared desire to strengthen cultural, economic and social cooperation.
The common vision was realised when the two countries signed the General Cooperation Agreement in Conakry, Guinea in 2018.
Areas of cooperation include works; transport; marine cooperation; trade; finance; SME development; agriculture; food production and eco-tourism, among others.
“The inaugural session is a vital step forward in our relations as it gives concrete meaning to the general cooperation agreement in order to develop tangible deliverables in various sectors which will be beneficial to both our governments and peoples,” Nandi-Ndaitwah added.
The minister pointed out that it is equally imperative to see Namibian products such as fish, beef, mutton, game meat and leather products, as they possess market potential in Guinea.
Namibia, she added, similarly looks forward to receiving imported products such as processed cocoa, cocoa paste, cocoa butter, cassava and vegetable oil, among others, from Guinea.
On his part, Guinea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mamadi Toure said it is important for the two countries to diversify their relations through exploring the potential for economic growth.
“The current meeting is to give speed to new strategies of our common concerns in order to fulfil our common vision,” he said.
Toure also commended the Namibian Government for its commitment to deepening bilateral relations for the development of the two countries.