Namibia hosting 5th Session of Namibia-Angola Joint Commission

09 Jul 2019 07:30am
WINDHOEK, 09 JUL (NAMPA) – Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO) Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and her counterpart Manuel Augusto Domingos, Minister of External Relations of Angola will co-chair the 5th Namibia-Angola Joint Commission of Cooperation starting on Wednesday.
The meeting to be held in Windhoek ends on Sunday.
A media statement issued by MIRCO Executive Director Selma Ashipala-Musavyi said the commission will consider amongst others the review of the implementation of over 40 signed bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding in a wide range of sectors. These include trade and investment, education, health, environment, tourism, energy, fisheries and cross border connectivity.
She added that the majority of the agreements affect mostly the livelihood of people in the two countries especially those living along the common border.
Ashipala-Musavyi explained that the fifth session is taking place against the backdrop of severe drought in the region, with both countries having declared national disaster emergencies.
“It is therefore imperative for both countries to cooperate on the sustainable usage and management of our shared water resources particularly within the framework of the Cuvelai River Basin Commission (CUVELCOM) and Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM),” she said.
CUVELCOM and OKACOM promote the sustainable development and efficient management of water resources along the common border of the two countries.
The two countries will further hold political and diplomatic consultations on regional and international issues of common interest and concern, while elevating bilateral cooperation by establishing a Bi-National Commission (BNC), to be co-chaired by the respective Heads of State.