26 July 2012

Namibia: Nation, Swaziland Boost Ties

Article Views (non — WINDHOEK - President Hifikepunye Pohamba says following independence, Namibia's bilateral ties with Swaziland entered a new phase - exploring new areas of co-operation in education, tourism, agriculture, fisheries and trade and investment.

The President, who was speaking on Tuesday night at a State Banquet in honour of the visiting King Mswati III, said he was pleased they had the opportunity to discuss ways and means of strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries.

He said that the attainment of nationhood in Swaziland under Mswati's father's reign was a great motivation for Namibians to fight with greater determination to achieve freedom and independence.

"I call upon the private sectors of both countries to join our governments in our ongoing efforts to expand economic co-operation between our two countries," he urged.

Pohamba said Namibia is committed to the principles of fair trade and market access, including preferential access of products from developing countries to global markets. He noted that it was important that progress be made in the Doha round of negotiations.

He also reiterated Namibia's determination to host the Global Climate Fund Secretariat in Windhoek, taking into account that climate change has become a global threat that requires a global response, both from the developed and developing countries.

"The Government and people of Namibia are most grateful that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) have endorsed Namibia's bid to host the Green Climate Fund Secretariat," said the president, who has been lobbying aggressively since the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Pohamba said Namibia will continue to give its full support to the AU to find peaceful and lasting solutions to armed conflicts in Guinea Bissau, Mali, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan and in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"We also call upon all the parties in Madagascar to expedite the implementation of the roadmap they have committed themselves to in order to allow the return of that country to constitutionality," he added.

Pohamba said the situation in Syria was of serious concern and called on the international community to support the efforts of Kofi Annan, the United Nations and the Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, to find a lasting solution to the crisis in Syria and to prevent further bloodshed.

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