Japan interested in Nam's potential

30 Aug 2019 11:50am
By: Isabel Bento
YOKOHAMA, 30 AUG (NAMPA) – Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has said his country is interested in Namibia’s potential and looks forward to promoting business relations between the two countries.
Speaking during a bilateral meeting with President Hage Geingob on the sidelines of the seventh Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD7) in Yokohama on Thursday, Abe said Namibia has rich resources.
Japan also intends to cooperate with Namibia in vocational training, strengthening its logistical capacity and wants to support efforts to tackle the serious damage caused by the drought.
Abe added that they hope to further strengthen bilateral relations. The two countries celebrate their 30th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations next year.
In response, Geingob thanked Japan for inviting him to TICAD7 and expressed appreciation for the assistance Namibia has been receiving from Japan.
“We have great appreciation for the humanitarian assistance provided to those affected by floods and the drought and for the support in infrastructure development,” he said.
Earlier this year, President Geingob declared a state of emergency on the severe drought situation in Namibia.
The two leaders also exchanged views regarding cooperation in the international arena, including the United Nations Security Council reform and the North Korea situation.
TICAD is an international conference led by the Japanese government and co-sponsored by the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the World Bank.
The three-day event which commenced Wednesday, is expected to end on Friday.