15 November 2012

Namibia: Nation Looks East!

Windhoek — Chinese ambassador to Namibia Xin Shunkang says China wants to cooperate with Namibia in many sectors, ranging from trade to minerals extraction - especially uranium.

"We want to make Namibia become the second largest producer of uranium, which in turn could help increase the Gross Domestic Product of the country," Xin said. He briefed journalists on Wednesday shortly after he paid his first courtesy call on President Hifikepunye Pohamba at State House. Xin said China would provide technical expertise to Namibia in the uranium sector.

Xin said he had fruitful discussions with Pohamba during the meeting, since Namibia and China enjoyed good relations during Namibia's struggle for independence, which have continued in post-independence Namibia. "Namibia always gives support to China, especially on international issues. When we look for support, Namibia always stands by China," he said

In his welcoming remarks President Pohamba said Sino-Namibian relations started in the 1960s. He said the two countries have cooperated in many ways since then.

The Chinese delegation included Deputy Chief of Mission, Li Yigang and Counsellor Liu Runing.

"Namibia through Swapo received all types of assistance at the time when we were trying to expel the racist South African regime," Pohamba told the delegation.

Pohamba further said that after independence China has assisted Namibia in establishing institutions such as schools and hospitals. He said a school was built in Tsumkwe, as well as a hospital at Omuthiya with the assistance of China. He said China also helped in the establishment of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF).

"Cooperation should be extended to trade. Your predecessors have done a commendable job," Pohamba told Xin, adding that he is looking forward to the construction of the Outapi-Oshikango and the Ruacana-Omakange roads that will be built with Chinese support.

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