NAMIBIA has asked Russia for humanitarian assistance as the worst drought that has ever been recorded in the country’s recent history bears down with ever increasing pressure on society.
The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of the Russian Federation, Yuri Trutnev, paid a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob while visiting Namibia for a session of the Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation that was held in Windhoek last week.
According to a statement by the press service of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Trutnev the Namibia has requested humanitarian assistance in the difficult time.
President Geingob declared a State of National Emergency to mitigate the effects of the natural disaster in all regions of Namibia.
According to the statement Deputy Prime Minister Trutnev said Russia would consider the Namibian request as soon as possible. The statement also added that Russia provided humanitarian assistance to Namibia when it was affected by drought in 2013. At the time about 35 tonnes of humanitarian aid were delivered to Namibia by the Russian Emergency Ministry’s aircraft.
Besides helping Namibia with drought aid the statement indicated that during a session of the intergovernmental commission Russia offered Namibia cooperation in the fields of nuclear energy, geology and subsoil use, and a number of other fields that could serve to upgrade Russian-Namibian trade and economic relations.
“The Russian delegation proposed cooperation in a number of promising areas, through which trade and economic relations could be brought to a new level with the strengthening of efforts on both sides. These include nuclear power and nuclear non-energy technologies, geology and subsoil use, deliveries of industrial and agricultural products, solutions for land reclamation and agriculture, technologies for smart cities and telecommunications.”
According to the statement Russia is also interested in establishing bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, and scientific and academic exchanges.
Prime Minister Trutnev co-chaired the eighth session of the Russian-Namibian Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation took place in the Namibian capital of Windhoek.