Katjavivi asks Chinese to provide bus for parliamentary trips

Speaker for the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi has appealed to the Chinese to provide a bus for parliamentarians in their outreach programs to bring parliament to the citizens.

The Speaker who was addressing the chairperson of the standing committee of the National People’s Congress of China, Li Zhanshu said government was lacking the “specialised means to undertake this endeavor.”

“We are committed to taking our Parliament to the citizens of Namibia through our outreach programmes. In this regard, we will be interested in not only learning from your vast experience in this area. Comrade Chairman, I am aware that your HINO Bus Company manufactures very strong buses. Perhaps one of such buses could indeed perfectly serve this purpose as a Namibia Parliamentary Community Outreach Bus,” said Katjavivi. 

Katjavivi’s request also comes in the wake of China having pledged N$15 million to aid the fight against poaching. 

He also reiterated that the Sino-Namibia relations was “an all-weather mutual partnership” shaped during the “difficult years of the liberation struggle of our country.”

“Now of course, we are delighted by the fact that this partnership has been elevated to the comprehensive and   strategic level, following the visit to China of Comrade Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, at the invitation of his counterpart, His Excellency Xi Jinping,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the Chinese and the National Assembly will exchange views on engagement involving Parliamentarians and staff exchange.

Katjavivi said the elevated partnership between the two countries now requires that their institutions have a Namibia-China Parliamentary Friendship Group and in equal measure, a China-Namibia National People’s Congress Friendship Group.

He said such a development would afford both a deepened engagement and coordination.

Both are also set to learn and exchange experiences in the area of conservation, promotion and preservation of national heritage, including memorial sites.

“This is vital given our past history and the need to educate future generations,” said the speaker. 

He also expressed the National Assembly’s wish to team up with the Chinese parliamentary institution in working closely with those who are engaged in Parliament’s monitoring and evaluation of the country’s efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

“This is a vital area for us in order to ensure we meaningfully contribute to improving our economies and the quality of life of our peoples,” he added.

He further stamped Namibia’s support for globalization and multilateralism, which is being championed by Xi Jinping in the face of American inward looking policies.