New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Much to Learn From the Chinese

Namibia can learn from the Chinese political system by having a powerful ruling party that pays attention to the functions of the party, and regarding work.

The ruling party should also create a "brilliant theory to lead the party" and should know how to lead an economy and learn from the past.

The ruling party should also pay attention to the laws of the land and empower the young generation to continue the legacy.

"Educate the young generation ...do not only pay attention to the present, but think about the future," was the advice given by the Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Xin Shunkang, when asked what Namibia can learn from the Asian giant's political system.

Xin was speaking at a press conference on the outcome of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Windhoek on Friday.

He said Namibia should make full use of its mineral resources and "make use of joint efforts with China or other countries to its advantage".

As for the almost non-existent manufacturing industry, Xin said the establishment of factories in Namibia could be viewed as risky because of the country's small population.

However, he emphasized that Namibia is a "suitable centre" within the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and can be used as a transport hub to other countries within the region, but only with the appropriate infrastructure.

"Namibia can benefit from Chinese modernization with its mineral resources," said Xin.

"Joint ventures could benefit both countries greatly to create thousands of jobs and see new cities appearing in Namibia," he said.

Regarding the ongoing industrial strikes across the country, Xin advised government to find a way to resolve the situation from the inside.

If not, then the government should re-look its capacity and resolve the problem through various avenues.

He explained that social situations within a country affect neighbouring countries, giving examples of people migrating to foreign countries and ultimately causing problems to the neighbouring countries.

The CPC national congress elected Xi Jinping to take over from previous leader Hu Jintao.

The CPC national congress takes place every five years to elect a new leadership.

Xin said outgoing president Hu has retired at a young age, which is uncommon seeing that Chinese regulation stipulates retirement at age 70.

The congress has also reduced the Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee from nine to seven people, which will include the prime minister, deputy prime minister, speaker of parliament as well as a Discipline Inspecting Committee chairperson who will be handling corruption, among others.

Xin said China still comprises of good state-run companies, elaborating that China is not only a socialist country as it encompasses flourishing private companies

The importance of state-run companies is that it assists government, particularly in the rural areas during natural disasters, whereas private companies are not as reliable in such situations, he said.

Xin gave as an example a new Chinese city that appeared within two years following an earthquake, and this was due to all provinces giving support to the region.

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