MORE than 130 Joint Decisions were made during the Senior Officials Meeting of the Third Session of the Namibia-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) that took place this week.
This was revealed by the Executive Director (ED) of the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Penda Naanda, who said that this is a significant achievement.
“There should be no doubt that we go forward from here, determined to make a difference to the bilateral relations between our two countries and peoples,” Naanda added.
While Naanda didn’t disclose the details of these joint decisions, he revealed that delegates from the two countries discussed areas of common interest during the three-day meeting. These common areas of interest, he explained, include matters relating to economic and infrastructure development, transport and communication, health, minerals and energy, tourism and forestry as well as agriculture and water development.
“We were also able to exchange views on a multitude of issues of mutual interest and concern prevailing at the regional and multilateral fora,” Naanda said.
He revealed that the two countries also agreed to regular consultations and high-level interactions to ensure that any new developments that may affect bilateral cooperation gets the necessary attention immediately.
“I must reiterate without a doubt, that it is indeed time to fulfil the expectations of our peoples. It is time to turn our cooperation into a potent instrument of development and progress in our countries. I therefore call upon all sectoral Ministries and Departments in our respective countries, to re-dedicate ourselves to ensure that joint decisions taken here are implemented timely,” he added.