Video: President Hage Geingob and his Tanzanian conterpart, Dr. John Magufuli in bilateral at State House. Footage: Eba Knduvazu
THE President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. John Magufuli, arrived in Windhoek, Namibia on a two day state visit which will focus on strengthening bilateral and pan-African relations between the two countries.
During the official reception of Dr. Magufuli at State House, President Hage Geingob said that Tanzania is a second home to many Namibians as the unwavering support and solidarity that Namibia received from the people of Tanzania during the time when our people under the banner of SWAPO were fighting against apartheid forces, will be remembered fondly forever.
Dr. Geingob further encouraged the countries to build a partnership for growth and development, focusing on key issues such as agro-processing, value-addition of minerals, manufacturing, and logistics.
He requested Dr. Magufuli, which will take over Southern African Development Community (SADC) Chairmanship from Dr. Geingob in August this year to organize a Joint Commission of Cooperation (JCC) which was last held between the two countries in 1999.
“I want to use this opportunity to call upon the officials of the countries to put more effort into reviewing all aspects which were agreed upon and to come up with a concrete and practical plan of action to revitalize our co-operation.” Geingob invited.
In response the Tanzanian President confirmed his country’s commitment toward hosting this conference and encouraged citizens of both Namibia and Tanzania to explore more trade opportunities, as there are currently only two investment projects between ongoing between the two countries.
Dr. Magufuli indicated that Swahili will soon be introduced as the official language of the SADC with six member states already using the language and thus will be introduced in the curriculum of Namibian schools. He added that Tanzania will do its level best to supply teachers that will build Swahili capacity in Namibia.