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Namibia seeks rail connection with Zimbabwe

Namibia seeks rail connection with Zimbabwe

Staff Reporter

NAMIBIA will revisit a study done in 2010 to explore the possibility of constructing a railway line link with Zimbabwe and Zambia to maximise throughput in the Port of Walvis Bay.
In the Regard the Ministry of Works and Transport was directed by Cabinet to appoint consultants by the end of October to find ways to develop an 800 kilometre long railway line that will link Grootfontein with Katima Mulilo. From Katima Mulilo the railway will link up with Zambian and Zimbabwean rail infrastructure.
A report about the ninth session of the Namibia – Zimbabwe Joint Commission of Cooperation held in Windhoek during July was submitted to Cabinet by deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
Cabinet directed that Offices, Ministries and Agencies (OMA) take areas in their areas of responsibility.
In this regard the Office of the Attorney General was directed to clear the pending treaties and agreements highlighted during Joint Commission meeting and once finalised inform the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation to sign the Draft Memorandums of Understanding Aquaculture Development and Trade in Fish; Geology, Mining and Metallurgy; Cooperation in training and skills exchange programs; Arts Culture and Heritage; Employment and Labour; Cooperation in Prisons and Correctional Services as well as a revised MOY on Cooperation in Youth Affairs.
The Ministry of Industrialisation and, Trade and SME Development was tasked to facilitate the notification process to the World Trade Organisation following the signing of a revised MOU on the practical Implementation of Bilateral Trade Agreement on 25 July by the end of October this year.
The ministry of Finance must conclude the re-organisation of the Double Taxation Agreement by the end of October this year.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry must launch the application for export of beef to Zimbabwe.
The ministry must also establish a Joint Technical Committee that must deal with the exchange of information and trans-boundary plant pests and diseases under the framework of the MoU and cooperation in the field of Agriculture. The Ministry must also explore the interest expressed by Zimbabwe to import leather products for further processing and export
The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources must finalise internal consultations on the draft MoU on Aquaculture Development and Trade in Fish by October 2019.
The Ministry of Mines and Energy was tasked to finalise the draft MoU on Geology, Mining and Metallurgy by the end of October.
Nampower and the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority must meet and finalise the ongoing negotiations for the possible supply of fifty Megawatts of electricity to Namibia.
The Ministry of Works and Transport must attend the next Joint Management Group and Joint Committee meeting during September in Harare.
The ministry must also appoint consultants by the end of October regarding the development of a railway line linking Zimbabwe with the Port of Walvis Bay where the country already has a dry port facility. In this regard the 2010 study that includes approximately 800 kilometres of railway line that will be built from Grootfontein to Katima Mulilo to interconnect of Zambia and Zimbabwe. All consultations must be undertaken during the course of the study in both Zambia and Zimbabwe and finalise an implementation plan and Terms of Referrence with regard to the MoU on Cooperation in Meteorology before the end of October.
The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology was tasked to dispatch a joint technical delegation to the Southern African Development Community Secretariat by the end of September to engage the Secretariat on the modalities of making the Southern Times a regional Newspaper.
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism was similarly tasked to establish a task team on the Kavango Zambia (KAZA) UniVisa to come up with modalities by the end of August and to attend the Inaugural Joint Tourism Technical Committee meeting in Zimbabwe in the first half of 2020.
The Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation is to submit a revised MoU on Cooperation in training and skills exchange programmes with Zimbabwe for consideration by September and finalise negotiations by 31 January 2020.
The ministry must also strengthen scientific collaboration in response to man-made and natural catastrophes experienced by both parties and initiate Namibia’s participation in the entrepreneurship-orientated training programme at the Indo-Zimbabwe Technical Centres of the Harare Institute of Technology and Bulawayo Polytechnic.
Th Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture must finalise the draft MoU in the fields of Arts,Culture and Heritage for signing by December this year.
Th Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Service must establish a Joint Technical Committee to develop and implementation plan on cooperation in the field of sport by November this year.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services must operationalise the implementation matrix, in line with the MoU on Cooperation in the field of health by September.
The Ministry of Labour and Industrial Relations and Employment Creation must finalise the implementation plan as well as the draft MoU in the field of Employment and Labour by December this year.
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare was tasked to submit a draft implementation plan of the MoU on the promotion women empowerment, gender equality and community development by October 2019 for Zimbabwe’s consideration.
The Ministry of Safety and Security must submit a draft MoU on Cooperation with Zimbabwe’s Prisons and Correctional Services in the area of agriculture and security by the end of August 2019.
The Ministry of Justice must communicate through diplomatic channels, the notification on the status of ratification on the Treaty on Extradition of Criminal Offenders and the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal matters by the end of August 2019.
The ministry must also communicate by December 2019 on the outcome of internal consultations currently underway in Namibia with regard to the consideration of the renewal of the MoU on the secondment of Judges and Legal Officers and also respond to Zimbabwe’s Draft proposal on civil matters submitted during the ninth session of the JPCC by the end of October.
The ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration must initiate and explore cooperation in areas of mutual interest relating to home affairs and immigration.
The ministry of Urban and Rural Development must submit two revised draft implementation framework agreements on urban development and another on rural development for consideration by Zimbabwe.
The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation must convene the next session of the diplomatic consultations in 2020 in Namibia which will serve as the mid-term review for the implementation of decisions of the ninth session of the JPCC.

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