12 Jun 2013 09:00
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) ? Sixty-five professionals from Zimbabwe comprising architects, quantity surveyors as well as civil, electric and mechanical engineers will be deployed at the Ministry of Works and Transport for the next five years.
At their welcoming dinner here on Tuesday evening, Works and Transport Minister Erkki Nghimtina said the main objective for them coming to Namibia is to promote, develop and increase co-operation in the infrastructural development and maintenance of the Namibian Government?s projects.
?This generous assistance from the Government of Zimbabwe comes at a time when Namibia is facing enormous challenges in terms of the implementation of capital projects of the government, with particular reference to the lack of professionals to oversee projects at the ministry, and the government at large.
The situation was so worrisome that the Namibian Government decided to engage, at the highest level, our sister country to assist us with professionals in critical areas in order for us to be able to overcome the existing challenges,? he stressed.
Some of the professionals already arrived in the country in September last year, while the second group only arrived in Namibia last week.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Ambassador of Zimbabwe to Namibia, Chipo Zindoga noted that 97 professionals were requested in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries signed in May 2012 in Harare.
?This is indicative of the importance that my country attaches to the excellent political and economic relations between our sister countries. It is a fulfilment of our quest for self-determination and economic emancipation. By so doing, we are charting a common future for our countries and peoples,? she noted.
The Zimbabwean Ministry of Public Works now awaits guidance from the Ministry of Works here on the way forward regarding the recruitment of the remaining 32 professionals.
The secondment of the professionals came as a result of a request made by President Hifikepunye Pohamba to his counterpart, Robert Mugabe, in August 2011.
According to Zindoga, her country and Namibia have been co-operating in a number of other areas under the Zimbabwe/Namibia Joint Permanent Commission.
Zimbabwe has been training Namibian teachers at institutions there, while Namibian students also receive training in five disciplines like mining, geology, surveying, metallurgy and metallurgical assay.
A number of Zimbabwean professionals are currently also working in Namibia?s health, agriculture, education, financial and legal fields.
Zindoga said Zimbabwe, on the other hand, appreciates the support it has received from Namibia over its quest to assert its political and economic independence.
She then reminded those present that Namibia came in with US dollars 40 million (today about N.dollars 400 million) for the Hwange Thermal Power Station in 2008 when most countries did not want to be associated with Zimbabwe.
This was a win-win situation, and that collaboration is now being emulated by a lot of countries.
The ambassador said Namibia also continues to support Zimbabwe on the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme issues, a process which concerns diamond certification.
Namibia also offered Zimbabwe 19 490 square metres of land at the Port of Walvis Bay to develop a dry port.