21 May 2014 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAY (NAMPA) - Cuba and Namibia are aiming to reduce the dependency on goods purchased overseas by strengthening both countries' capacity to generate many of the products they currently import, Prime Minister (PM) Hage Geingob says.
Speaking during a meeting with the visiting Cuban Vice-President of the Council Salvador Valdez Mesa on Tuesday evening at his office, the premier said Cuba is far more advanced in terms of self-sufficiency, given the fact that it is able to produce its own medication and food.
He said during his visit to Cuba in February this year, he had an opportunity to visit the Centre for Advanced Studies of Cuba and Labiofam.
Labiofam is a scientific institution which is on the forefront of research and production of 98 per cent domestic veterinarian products, ranging from biolarvicides, Vidatox homeopathic medication, Paraíso yogurt, mango bark preparations and microalgae, to household cleaning products and a diverse array of plastic containers.
Geingob said, while in Cuba, he made a number of commitments - one of the most important being the decision to engage Labiofam on malaria eradication in this country.
He informed the visiting Cuban leader that Namibia has its own very successful malaria eradication progamme, and he believes that with the help of their Cuban brothers and sisters, Namibia can eradicate malaria in record time.
The PM then told the Cuban delegation that Cabinet has approved the setting up of a Joint Working Technical Team.
The location of the team as well as the composition thereof will be communicated in due course through diplomatic channels.
Cabinet has also approved the Malaria Eradication programme, and the Ministry of Health and Social Services has been instructed to take the necessary action on that programme.
Meanwhile, the Cuban leader and his entourage laid a wreath at Heroes Acre on Wednesday morning before touring the Independence Memorial Museum.
Mesa also paid a courtesy call on Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab on Wednesday.
The delegation is expected to visit the University of Namibias Medical School before they tour the Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) factory Wednesday afternoon.
On Thursday, the Cuban visitors will visit the Windhoek Maschinenfabrik, the Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) and Namibia Institute of Pathology.
Mesa will also pay a courtesy call on the Swapo-Party Secretary-General, Nangolo Mbumba before he leaves for Cuba on Friday morning.