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Chinese-Namibian honeymoon gets deeper … as China is set to assist health sector and beef-up anti-poaching efforts

by Kelvin Chiringa

Namibia’s honeymoon with China is flourishing and a high profile visit by chairman of the National People’s Congress, Li Zhanshu will see both countries signing agreements to beef up the anti-poaching campaign and health sector assistance. 

The Chinese delegation will be in the country for a period of three days from the 15th to the 17th of this month and its vist comes hot in the heels of President Hage Geingob’s trip to China. 

Bilateral relations between the two countries became cosier ever since the presidential visit to China which was accompanied by a caravan of ministers and business people. 

Said National Assembly Speaker, Peter Katjavivi, “China and Namibia are two countries that enjoy strong bilateral ties. Prior to Namibia’s independence, China was one of the countries which greatly assisted Namibia during the cause of the struggle for freedom and independence. We are glad to note that this bond of friendship has grown from strength to strength."

The delegation will not only be visiting Namibia alone, but is set on a whirlwind diplomatic spree to other three undisclosed African countries. 

Katjavivi said the visit will strengthen ties between the Chinese and Namibian parliamentary institutions while he will sign with Zhanshu “a Memorandum of Understanding on mutual inter-parliamentary cooperation, which will involve capacity building in technical areas including but not limited to training and exchange visits of Parliamentarians and staff.”

“In addition, the delegation is also facilitating a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) MoU with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, involving the donation of 4x4 pickup vehicles and camping equipment including tents, for anti-poaching operations,” said the speaker.

He added that another MoU will also be signed with the Ministry of Health and Social Services on the treatment of eye cataract patients and the donation of eye cataract treatment equipment to Namibia, under a programme codenamed Brightness Campaign

Said Katjavivi, “We, in the spirit of the Harambee - pulling together, hope that such endeavours can reinforce and enhance our country’s objective of seeking strategic partnerships which could facilitate the country to achieve its vision of prosperity for all. In line with our two countries’ elevated strategic cooperation and friendship, it is our desire to see to it that such strategic partnerships lead to mutually strengthened bonds between our Governments, our Parliaments and the private sector and even amongst individual citizens. True to our theme for the 2018 Parliamentary Calendar Year, the Namibian Parliament is dedicated to forging partnerships which will strengthen democracy in the country and beyond.”