WINDHOEK, 16 MAY – The Namibian Parliament and China’s National People’s Congress on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see the two bodies cooperate to boost Namibia’s economic and industrial development.
The MoU focuses on the cooperation of parliamentary committees of the two governments and aims to contribute meaningfully to development in Namibia.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi and Chairperson of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, Li Zhanshu signed the agreement.
Namibia’s Ambassador to China, Elia Kaiyamo during the signing ceremony said the MoU stems from the new relationship developed during President Hage Geingob’s trip to China in April this year.
The trip, which included Cabinet members, senior officials and a contingent of business people from various sectors, was aimed at strengthening commercial relations, development cooperation and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.
The Chinese government also donated 30 4×4 anti-poaching pickup trucks and camping equipment worth N.dollars 15 million to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism for its anti-poaching operations.
Kaiyamo said the donation is a sign of practical cooperation stemming from the ‘new’ relationship between the two countries.
“Namibia and China had discussions on poaching and are pushing in the same direction to combat poaching,” he said.
The ambassador called on young Namibians to emulate the Chinese people’s work ethic to bring Namibia to a new level of economic development.
“Vision 2030 must be promoted, Chinese people promoted their visions of the ‘China Dream’ and both countries dream are the same – to bring about development for all their people, thus we need to pull in the same direction,” he said.