INCOMING Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), President John Magufuli and ended his official State Visit to Namibia on a high note.
President Hage Geingob stated in a joint communiqué issued by the Namibian Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwa and the Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Afairs and East African Cooperation, Professor Palamagamba Kabudi, that he and the Namibian Government has full confidence in the able leadership of Tanzania to chair the SADC as President Magufuli and his government gets ready to fulfill that role in August this year and pledged his unwavering support for country.
At the regional level the two presidents committed themselves to work together on regional issues which include the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) which is aimed at facilitating the free movement of goods and services at the continental level. The presidents agreed that such continental efforts are key drivers for the socio-economic development and the realisation of Africa Union Agenda 2063.
According to the joint statement the two heads of state also reaffirmed their commitment to promoting peace, security and stability in the SADC region. The two leaders congratulated the Governments and people of South Africa and Malawi for conducting their elections in an orderly and peaceful manner. In the same vein, the two leaders commended the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo for the positive developments which are aimed at restoring peace and security in the country. They reiterated their commitment to support the efforts by the African Union aimed at consolidating peace and security on the continent.
In the joint statement the two heads of state reaffirmed their commitment to Pan-Africanism and recalled the inspiring roles previous African leaders played in forging unity among African people, the formation of the Organisation of African Unity and yearning for freedom they ignited on the continent.
During the various ceremonies held in Windhoek the two heads of state discussed a wide range of bilateral regional and international issues. They expressed their satisfaction with the cordial relations that already exist between the two countries and came to an understanding that deeper cooperation in various areas such as agriculture, trade and investment, fisheries, livestock, mining, the promotion of Kiswahili language, higher learning education, arts and culture.
They also reaffirmed that trade between the two countries needs to be boosted and that pending memorandums of understanding should be finalised to establish cooperation in the trade and investment sectors of both countries.
Both heads of state directed the foreign affairs ministers to speed up the process to establish a Joint Commission of Cooperation within the next six days.
The Tanzanian head of state informed Dr. Geingob that preparations are underway to open an Tanzanian diplomatic mission in the capital city of Namibia, Windhoek.
In the joint statement President Magufuli expressed his sincere appreciation for the warm welcome he and his delegation received in Namibia. He described the State Visit as a success and extended an invitation to President Geingob for an official State Visit to Tanzania.
According to the joint statement President Geingob accepted the invitation.