23 May 2019 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 23 MAY (NAMPA) - Namibia and Russia have signed several Memoranda of Understanding geared towards enhancing economic cooperation for mutual benefit.
The agreements were signed during the eighth Namibia-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation meeting held in Windhoek on Wednesday and Thursday.
The agreements cover areas such as aviation, fertilisers, value addition in the mining sector, transport, energy, education and infrastructure, as well as cultural exchanges.
Speaking at the closing ceremony on Wednesday, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, said Namibia and Russia remain special friends and therefore their relationship needs to be nourished and maintained, not only at political level, but through platforms such as the Namibia-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission and Economic Cooperation.
Nandi-Ndaitwah noted that the eighth session should serve as an opportunity to monitor and evaluate the status of cooperation through implementation of various bilateral agreements.
The Namibian Government appreciates the continuous assistance in the area of higher education in support of governments efforts in alleviating poverty through education and capacity building, she said.
She further called upon the business communities of Russia and Namibia to engage with each other with a view toward establishing smart partnerships.
The minister also revealed that the two countries have existing MoUs, which emanated from the seventh session held last year in areas such as science and education between the Peoples Friendship University of Russia and International University of Management, as well as mutual legal assistance in criminal matters with the ministries of justice and federal penitentiary services with correctional services.
I call upon all officials to work diligently to review the status of implementation of the agreements as they are instruments that will allow for exchange of information and share experiences for the mutual benefit of both countries, she said.
Russia was represented by a delegation headed by Yury Trutnev, who is the Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District. He is also co-chairperson of the Russia-Namibia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation.