Namibia has pledged its support to Zimbabwe’s new government and to reinforce the bilateral relations between the two countries that date back to the liberation struggle.
Addressing journalists after meeting Acting President General Constantino Chiwenga at his Munhumutapa offices this Friday the Namibia to Zimbabwe Ambassador Ms Balbina Daes Pienaar said her Namibia has confidence in the new government and the two countries are set for major investment deals.
“My courtesy call on the Acting President focused on two particular issues. The first one, Namibia is very much committed towards the well cemented political relations between the two countries. We’re ready to strengthen our bilateral relations and we’ve a well functioning Joint Permanent Commission of cooperation.
“Namibia and Zimbabwe are cooperating as sister nations, we’re cooperating in various fields, we’ve signed various legal instruments in the field of education , agriculture, mining , tourism , sports. Last year our President His Excellency Hage Geingob paid a state visit to Zimbabwe and this is a sign of a very close bond between the two countries. The second issue l came to reinforce is that Namibia is having much confidence in the government of the day under the leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa. He is a very visionary leader, transformational and as sister nations we’re quite impressed at the way the political transition was handled. It was the best practice in SADC, the region and l think in the entire world. As a close ally of Zimbabwe Namibia stands in support of all current efforts of government of Zimbabwe.
The Ambassador said there is need for the two countries to tap into the vast investment opportunities to foster economic development.
“The relationship between Zimbabwe and Namibia has been there for many years and for us it is a continuation of efforts, activities put on paper. In terms of investments during official visit of my President Hage Geingob he had a one on one interaction with the business community where we exchanged notes on the business opportunities. Namibia is also open for business and we welcome our brothers and sisters from this side top enter into joint ventures. Our major focus is education, agriculture, mining and tourism. We both have the potential and so opportunities are huge,” she said.
Ambassador Pienaar said Zimbabwe and Namibia must utilise the trade agreements to enhance trade volumes.
“Maybe another thing is also for us to utilise the already signed preferential trade agreement, we signed it in 1993 there is already trade activities going on –on an day to day basis but we want to improve an increase trade volumes between the two countries and I invite my counterparts and comrades in Zimbabwe to explore business opportunities in Namibia,” she said.