20 Mar 2014 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 20 MAR (NAMPA) - More than 10 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were signed by different Namibian and Nigerian ministers in the capital on Thursday.
The two countries politicians signed 11 agreements after the official welcoming of Nigerian president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his delegation at State House here.
Jonathan said Nigeria and the people of Namibia were united in the fight for the liberation of the latter, and they have continued to sustain this relationship after independence in 1990 through collaborations in mutual areas which promote economic benefits for the two peoples.
I hope the talks will lead to the signing of more agreements for the benefit of our people, and the progress and development of our two countries, he noted.
Jonathan stressed that some of the agreements which might not be concluded during his two-day State visit are to be negotiated and concluded urgently, and be signed during the Fifth Session of the Nigeria-Namibia Joint Commission at a date still to be agreed on by the two states.
Namibian Head of State Hifikepunye Pohamba said bilateral cooperation between the two countries is underpinned by the Joint Commission of Cooperation, through which various agreements had already been signed and implemented.
These agreements are signed with a focus on industrialisation and sustainable development.
The industrialisation of our economies is vital to promote value- addition to our natural resources, and to create gainful employment for our people, especially the youth, Pohamba stated.
Meanwhile, the first agreement for the Training of Namibian Foreign Relations Officers at the Nigerian Foreign Services Academy was signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali.
An agreement on Youth Development was signed by the Minister of Youth, Service, Sport and Culture Jerry Ekandjo and Ambassador Wali from Nigeria.
The Foreign Affairs Minister of Nigeria also signed an agreement on the Waiver of Visa Requirements for citizens of both parties holding diplomatic and official passports with the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana.
An agreement on Bilateral Air Services was also signed.
An MoU on Cooperation in the Legal Field was then signed; whilst an Extradition Treaty agreement; a Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters; as well as a Technical Cooperation Agreement for the Provision of Volunteer Health Professionals to the Republic of Namibia under the Technical Aid Corps (TAC) Scheme, was also penned.
Co-operation agreements in the fields of Geology, Mining, Mineral Processing and Metallurgy as well as Trade, Investment and Economic cooperation and Tourism were furthermore signed.