WINDHOEK, 21 SEP – President Hage Geingob has signed four agreements during his state visit to Guinea, Press Secretary, Alfredo Hengari announced in a media statement released on Thursday.
The agreements, according to Hengari are; Framework Agreement for Cooperation, Agreement on the Establishment of a Joint Commission, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Political and Diplomatic Cooperation and MoU on Reciprocal Exemptions of visas for holders of diplomatic and official passports.
Geingob further reportedly reiterated Namibia’s commitment to a common African voice in international affairs, the reform of the United Nations Security Council and the African Union’s developmental blueprint, Agenda 2063.
The two coastal states further agreed on the necessity to cooperate closely in the maritime sector and port operations to harness opportunities from the blue economy for accelerated youth empowerment and employment creation.
Geingob placed high emphasis on agriculture and food security in the bilateral talks, informing that Namibia had an unsustainable import bill in agricultural products, which translated into technical exchanges in the field of agriculture that should commence immediately, according to the statement.
Geingob also thanked the Government and people of Guinea for their unwavering diplomatic, material and moral support to Swapo in its fight for Namibia’s freedom.
Recalling and applauding the fraternal relations between the two countries stemming from the days of the struggle for Namibia’s independence, the two leaders commended the strong Pan–African and decolonization stance of the First President of the Republic of Guinea, Ahmed Sekou Toure.
With his counterpart, President Alpha Conde, Geingob shared converging views about the need for Africans to solve their own problems, and for the two countries to deepen cooperation, particularly in agriculture and mining.
The two Heads of States also agreed about the urgency of a self – financing African Union – but in doing so they suggested that there must respect for the principle of fairness and equity in the contributions of member states.
Geingob is expected to hold bilateral talks with Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Friday. The talks will focus on inclusive growth, trade and investment, climate change and gender equality after which he will attend the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
On the margins of UNGA, Geingob will hold bilateral meetings with several Heads of States and Government including Cuba, Ireland, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Estonia and Norway.