Windhoek - The Fifth Session of the Namibian-Angola Joint Commission Cooperation (JCC) meeting last week was necessity to solidify the partnership between the two countries, Angolan Ambassador to Namibia and Director of Africa Middle East and Regional Organisations (DAMOOR), Afonso Evaristo, has said.
He said the Commission was a platform to strengthen the relationship between the two countries, bringing together the common interests and citizens closer.
“Today our countries live in different moments, with a dynamic and important political phases where efforts have been made to economically and socially develop our countries. The welfare of our people can be significantly improved if we have good relations with other countries. In this regards, the cooperation between Angola and Namibia has become more than a necessity, it is crucial,” said Evaristo.
He said the JCC was a good sign that there were new inputs in the relations between the two countries. The bilateral relations between Angola and Namibia are rooted in a common history and shared heritage of the struggle against colonialism and foreign domination in the two countries.
Namibian Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO)’s Executive Director, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, acknowledged the common history between the two countries, adding that the partnership could be strengthened by regular interactions.
“We are not just good neighbours, we are also strategic partners and this partnership can only be strengthened by regular interaction. The JCC is therefore an affirmation of the excellent and brotherly relations existing between Angola and Namibia and provides us with yet another opportunity to revitalise and further enhance our bilateral cooperation,” said Ashipala-Masavyi.
She said there were a number of areas of mutual interest between the two countries which required joint attention, adding that the attention would serve to prosper and strengthen both countries as well as the SADC region.
Among the common interest between the two countries are trade and investment, transport, cross-border connectivity, agriculture and water management, finance and people-to-people contact.
“I would like therefore, to reiterate that our joint efforts to promote economic growth and sustainable development for our two countries should enjoy priority,” she said.
“Our two countries are connected by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. As coastal states, we need to harness our marine resources as well as taking full advantage of the blue economy, which is an important and emerging pillar of international relations,” she said.
She said the bilateral cooperation between Angola and Namibia was not conducted in isolation, but was a building block to regional integration which in turn gave impetus to the realisation of the ‘Africa We Want’, through AU Agenda 2063.