Nam-Congo deepen bilateral relations

Windhoek – Namibia and the Republic of Congo's health ministries have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening already exiting bilateral relations between the two countries. The two countries enjoy bilateral relations in the areas of tourism, social, culture, legal, defense and diplomatic matters. 

At the Third Session of the Namibia-Congo Joint Commission of Co-operation meeting held in Windhoek-Namibia recently, the Congo donated a piece of land to the government of Namibia to construct a Trade and Industrial Estate at Kouilou near Pointe-Noire.

The land is strategically located and could foster trade between Namibia and Congo, whereby Namibian products and services could find a market in the Congo and vice versa. 

The two countries are also working together to rehabilitate and to construct the Loudima Institute for Technical and Vocation Training Centre in the Congo. Loudima served as an educational training institute for Namibians during the liberation struggle for Namibian independence. 

Addressing the occasion, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the government of Namibia is very grateful for this generous gesture and reiterated Namibia’s commitment to ensure speedy implementation of these projects.

Minister Nandi-Ndaitwah said the relationship between the two countries started back during the liberation struggle. She further said the government of the Congo provided political and moral support to the people of Namibia through SWAPO during the liberation struggle for independence, saying that since freedom and national independence. Through the signing of the MoU, the Namibia-Congo bilateral relations have been strengthen and further consolidated, she said.

“Our two countries have not only been working together at bilateral level but also co-operation and supporting each other on international issues of mutual concern,” she said.

She further said the Congo-Namibia Joint Commission of Co-operation is an affirmation of strengthening the traditional friendly relations between the two nations.

She said the two countries are progressing well in the areas of trade, investment as well as education. She said the two countries have reached a common understanding on the way forward in the areas of economic and infrastructure development, transportation and communications, health, tourism and agriculture. 

“I am convinced that we will begin to see concrete action achievable and implementation at both governmental and private sector [level], as it was agreed at the joint 3rd Joint Commission,” she said. The Fourth Session of the Namibia-Congo Joint Permanent Commission will be held in Congo in 2015.

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