Namibia and Rwanda to ‘broaden ties’

21 Aug 2019 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 AUG (NAMPA) – The three-day State visit of Rwandan President Paul Kagame to Namibia and consequent engagement with his equivalent, Hage Geingob, was premised on strengthening bilateral and multilateral ties between their two countries.
The two countries are of the view that they can learn from each other in areas such as tourism, agriculture, information and communication technology and effective governance.
“I am confident that your visit to Namibia will add impetus to the strengthening of the Namibia-Rwanda bilateral relations and cooperation. Subsequently, this visit should allow us to broaden our partnership and open new areas of cooperation so to fully optimise the immense untapped potential,” Geingob said during a dinner hosted in honour of Kagame at State House on Tuesday.
Geingob also took time to commend Kagame and the people of Rwanda for their perseverance and unity of purpose towards a prosperous future for that country.
“Your perseverance is evidenced in your impressive economic growth and your pace of transformation is starting to bear fruits. Rwanda’s advancement in the sectors of agriculture and tourism continues to impress,” said Geingob.
For this reason, Geingob said he was convinced that cooperation between Rwanda and Namibia in the areas of tourism and agriculture would be mutually beneficial.
On his part, Kagame said the two countries are spoiled for choice as far as areas of cooperation are concerned.
Kagame earlier in the day described his delegation’s engagement with their Namibian counterparts as broad and covering many issues of mutual benefit.
“There were no restrictions,” Kagame opined.
“Rwanda can learn a number of things from Namibia and Namibia can learn a few things from Rwanda. We want to tighten that. We are spoiled for choice,” he said in response to a question by Nampa.
At the dinner, the Rwandan leader added that the two countries also seek to create mutually beneficial opportunities for their countrymen and women.
“We are happy to be here and to reinforce the friendship between Rwanda and Namibia. We want to strengthen our bilateral cooperation and increase opportunities for the people of our two countries,” he said.
During his brief tour to Namibia, Kagame visited Heroes’ Acre and Namibia Diamond Trading Company.
Kagame and his entourage departed Namibia during the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Unlike his arrival which was open for media coverage, his departure was not.