WINDHOEK, Jan. 23 – Agriculture minister John Mutorwa has called on private business community to embrace and explore the South-South Cooperation (SSC) at the signing ceremony of phase 2 of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Namibia and China yesterday.
Phase 2 of the SSC makes provision for the participation of the private sector in SSC projects focusing on value addition to agriculture product Mutorwa has said.
“We highly welcome the private sectors participation as it is will accelerate the implementation of Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy and PPP law in Namibia and fast track the achievement of our agriculture development and food security goals that are stipulated in our national high level policy documents,” he said.
He added that given the provision of MoU, business people from both Namibia and China need to explore business opportunities presented by the SSC, projects second phase by forging functional smart and mutual beneficial partnership.
According to Mutorwa it is imperative and necessary for Namibia to continue harnessing these relations in order to consolidate and cement Namibia’s economic and technical cooperation.
“The excellent bilateral relations that exist between our two countries have created and continued to create a conducive environment for our two Governments and people to enter into a number of agreements amongst others,” he said.
He added that the tripartite agreement on the SSC, has already yielded tangible positive results which emanated from the successful implementation of the first phase of the said SSC project in Namibia.
The vice mister of agriculture of the Peoples Republic of China, Qu Dongyu has reiterated that through this MoU many Namibian’s in the agricultural sector will benefit from the second phase of SSC projects.
“Namibia will learn a lot from this projects. There is still a lot of areas that needs to be looked in and I am sure that staring from today business people will start to explore in projects for their own benefit and for the country’s economy too,” he said.