25 Jul 2019 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JUL (NAMPA) - Entrepreneurs from Namibia and Zimbabwe should be innovative in finding solutions to challenge poverty, underdevelopment and disease, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has said.
Nandi-Ndaitwah was speaking here on Wednesday during the ninth Session of the Namibia-Zimbabwe Joint Commission of Cooperation.
She said entrepreneurs from the two countries should be more innovative in bringing about solutions to these challenges if the continent is to realise the dream of an African Continental Free Trade Area as envisioned in the continental development blueprint Agenda 2063.
The minister added that the private sectors of both countries should actively engage in mutually beneficial partnerships aimed at accelerating trade and economic growth.
Legal instruments that have been readied for signing are also aimed at bringing into the mainstream economy the small and medium enterprises, as well as to forge closer engagement between our chambers of commerce and industry, said Nandi-Ndaitwah.
The international relations minister further noted that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region continues to face an impending deficit in power generation and supply, saying the two countries have thus resolved to work with each other and with other SADC member states in order to find a lasting solution to the challenge.
To this effect, it is pleasing to note that the existing 10-year Power Purchase Agreement between Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority and NamPower, which expires in 2025, as well as ongoing negotiations for the possible supply of an additional 50MW to Namibia, will go a long way in the improvement of power supply in the region, she said.
She further added that it is pleasing to note that the meeting also resolved to collectively confront poverty and disease that are hampering development efforts, especially the HIV/AIDS pandemic, tuberculosis and malaria which deserve focused attention.
The need to make resources available for effective and affordable treatment of these diseases also cannot be overemphasised, she said.