Namibia and Zimbabwe urged to address common challenges together

24 Jul 2019 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JUL (NAMPA) – Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said Namibian and Zimbabwean citizens can grow stronger and prosper if they work together to address challenges and take advantage of shared opportunities.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said this on Wednesday when she addressed the ninth Session of the Namibia-Zimbabwe Joint Commission of Cooperation in Windhoek.
She said regional integration is crucial in the process of economic and social development for the two countries, thus they should be pursued with vigour and determination for the benefit of all of the people.
The minister explained that it is important to develop complementary investment strategies to enable the two countries to create synergy in industrial capacity, which holds potential in the area of hospitality and tourism, extractive industries, fisheries, aquaculture, infrastructure development, transport, finance and telecommunications.
“In this context, we should use this session to exchange ideas on how best we can jointly promote trade, investment and joint ventures between Namibia and Zimbabwe for the benefit of our peoples. These efforts would lead to the realisation of the potential for increased bilateral trade between our two countries,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah.
She added that Namibia and Zimbabwe remain active members of the African Union, the United Nations and other international organisations, where they collaborate closely. Thus they worked together with other African countries to shape and determine the Common African Position with regard to the reform and democratisation of the United Nations, particularly the Security Council.
“I also wish the Republic of Zimbabwe well as your country assumes the Chairpersonship of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation. [Do] count on Namibia’s support as we consolidate the democratic gains we have recorded in our region,” Nandi-Ndaitwah added.
She further said the two countries have been engaged in efforts of addressing the political and security challenges in the region, notably in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and Lesotho. Even though the situation in Madagascar has improved, the region is still faced with new political challenges from Comoros.
The three-day session of the Namibia-Zimbabwe Joint Commission on Cooperation commenced on Monday.