22 Jul 2019 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUL (NAMPA) The ninth session of the Namibia-Zimbabwe Joint Commission on Cooperation commenced in Windhoek on Monday, with diplomats and technocrats expected to discuss issues of mutual interest in addition to expediting the implementing of existing agreements.
The session will take place between 22 and 24 July 2019 and will be followed by an official State visit of Zimbabwes President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, to Namibia from 25 to 26 July 2019.
Opening the event, Executive Director in the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Ambassador Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, said the convention comes at an opportune time as the countries can only become stronger and more prosperous through cooperation.
Trade and investment, agriculture, fisheries, mining, transport, energy, health, culture, and tourism are some of the priority areas in the Namibia-Zimbabwe relationship.
Ashipala-Musavyi told the delegates to grab the opportunity to outline priority areas of cooperation between the two Southern African nations.
While acknowledging that several high-level visits have helped elevate their relationship over the years, the Executive Director said more still needs to be done.
We believe that this is where it starts. Therefore, this session provides us with another ample opportunity to review the implementation of bilateral projects and programmes and thereby further enhancing our bilateral cooperation, she said.
Apart from bilateral talks, Ashipala-Musavyi took time to discuss the devastating drought that has ravaged most of southern Africa.
Our region has indeed been hit by climate disasters. The worst we have seen in our lifetime. Most nations have declared national disaster emergencies due to either devastating floods or drought, she said.
To arrest the prevailing natural calamities borne out of climate change, she said, it is imperative for Southern African Development Community member states to implement the Paris Climate Agreement.