Namibian President hails cooperation with China

Namibian President, Hage Geingob, has hailed cooperation with China in the areas of education, health, agriculture, trade, investment, and technology transfer.

The President stated this while receiving a courtesy call from outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Xin Shunkang.

Geingob said this is a testimony of the all-weather Namibia-China friendship.

“I challenge all other colleagues from the international community to emanate what and how the Chinese friends are showing and helping in many ways,” said the president.

Xin said China values its friendly relations with Namibia, and the Chinese government attaches great importance to the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.

“China has done its best to support and assist Namibia in its economic and social development with the implementation of a series of projects,” the ambassador said.

These, amongst others, include the Defence Academy Project in Okahandja, the Northern Road Upgrading Project, China-aided schools in the Khomas and Omaheke regions, reconstruction of Aquaculture Centre in Hardap Region, and the Youth Training Centre in Grootfontein.

Capacity Building

To help Namibia in its capacity building, China has been providing 15 Namibian students every year with full government scholarships to pursue their degree studies in China.

China also helps train Namibian government officials and technical personnel from various sectors.

China and Namibia established diplomatic ties in 1990.

In 2015, trade volume between China and Namibia reached 705 million U.S dollars, while Chinese investment in Namibia hit 4.7 billion dollars.

Xinhua/Nnenna.O