THE People’s Republic of China has announced that it will give a donation of U$150 000 to Namibia in hopes of abating one of the country’s worst drought in 30 years, which was recently declared as a State of Emergency.
Speaking at a press briefing, Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming stated that the U$150 000 dollars, which equates to about N$2.1 million, comes from China’s Red Cross Society.
The money will be delivery urgently to the Office of the Prime Minister for humanitarian assistance.
Yiming further stated that due to the serious nature of the drought, the Chinese government will consider giving further drought assistance, and is also considering giving either financial or technical funding to build a desalination plant along Namibia’s coastline, an idea which has been heavily advocated for by the Founding President, Sam Nujoma.
“Financial institutions such as the China-Africa Development fund have expressed their willingness towards conferring their assistance in this regard, building a desalination plant in future will effectively relieve Namibia’s recurring drought crisis,” Yiming said.
He added that the Erongo Desalination Company, currently the only one in the country, supplies water to coastal municipalities and mines at a high price.