WITH three more agreements signed between Namibia and Guinea over the past two days, relations are taking giant steps forward the benefit of the people of both countries.
The bilateral cooperation agreed on during the official state visit of the President of Guinea, Alpha Condé, should serve as a solid foundation that could be used to build stronger relations between the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The president of Namibia, Hage Geingob, accompanied President Condé on a short fact finding mission to Namibia’s main port facilities at Walvis Bay on Thursday.
During the fact finding mission, President Condé had the opportunity to see firsthand how fish is processed in Namibia, as well as how the rich marine resource is utilised to create jobs for thousands of Namibians in the fishing industry.
Condé also visited the new container terminal currently nearing completion. During the visit, the Guinean head of state was briefed on Namibia’s plans to become the logistics hub of choice for SADC member countries.
At the start of the official state visit, the two countries signed three agreements aimed at expanded bilateral cooperation. The agreements pertain to cooperation in the agricultural, tourism and mining sectors.
“This type of cooperation is crucial in advancing our quest to realise the aspirations of Agenda 2063 of the African Union and continental integration we all yearn for,” Geingob said while welcoming his Guinean counterpart to the country.
Agenda 2063 is Africa’s blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future. It is the continent’s strategic framework that aims to deliver on its goal for inclusive and sustainable development and is a concrete manifestation of the pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress and collective prosperity pursued under Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.
Geingob said during a state banquet held in honour of the visiting president that Namibia remains ready and committed to work with the Republic of Guinea for prosperity and the economic independence of our people.
“We recognise the fact that there is vast room for improvement of our trade relations, especially in the areas of mining and geology, agriculture, manufacturing and food processing. As Chairperson of SADC, Namibia trusts that through continued cooperation between our Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Africa will enhance its long-standing efforts to create an enabling environment for economic growth and prosperity,” Geingob said.
Geingob said the SADC will continue to support the efforts to devise new investment strategies and trade practices for the benefit of all Africans and stated that this will include regional integration.