Namibia and Guinea elevate ties

09 May 2019 09:10am
WINDHOEK, 09 MAY (NAMPA) – Namibia and Guinea on Wednesday signed three Memorandums of Understanding to bolster their existing ties through cooperation in the areas of agriculture, tourism and mining.
This was said by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, when President Hage Geingob welcomed his Guinean equivalent Alpha Condé at State House Wednesday.
She was briefing the media and the two presidents after the official talks on the conclusion of the inaugural Session of the Namibia-Guinea Joint-Commission of Cooperation (JCC).
The JCC, which took place on Monday and Tuesday, focused on taking stock of and initiating bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of trade, mines, renewable energy, agriculture, food production and forestry.
The commission also discussed cooperation in the areas of cultural and eco-tourism, poverty eradication and social welfare and how the two nations can share best practices and benchmarking in economic planning as well as higher education, training and innovation.
“In our work, we were guided by the spirit of solidarity that exists between our two counties as reflected by the relationship of the two founding presidents - Ahmed Sékou Touré and Sam Nujoma,” she said.
She added that under the diplomatic and political matters, they have agreed that as countries, their foreign ministries have to be led in a way that they become ministries of excellence.
“And for that matter, we have agreed sharing best practices,” she noted.
Welcoming Condé, Geingob said his visit to Namibia was a stepping stone towards elevated cooperation between the two countries.
“Our bilateral cooperation should serve as a building block that we bring SADC (Southern African Development Community) and ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) closer together,” Geingob told Condé.
Geingob, who doubles as SADC chair noted that this type of cooperation is crucial in advancing Africa’s question in its realisation of Agenda 2063 and continental integration “we all yearn for”.
“It is my conviction that our bilateral relations will always be characterised by a common vision and desire to strengthen political, economic, cultural and social cooperation,” he said.
On his part, Condé said he was pleased to finally be in Namibia and equally impressed by Windhoek’s “cleanliness”.
“Windhoek is cleaner than Kigali,” he said on a lighter note.
“I am pleased to be in Namibia and we look forward to strengthening our relationship,” he said, adding his country was keen to import Namibian products.