Windhoek – Namibia’s ruling SWAPO Party and the Communist Party of China (CPC) this week shared notes on the best ways of driving people-centred development that will reduce youth unemployment, poverty and inequality.
The parties also discussed how to improve technology transfer between key institutions.
At the information sharing session between by the two parties youth leagues, the Secretary-General of the SWAPO youth wing Cde Sophia Shaningwa said they had a lot to learn from their Chinese counterparts poverty eradication, especially in rural areas.
Cde Shaningwa said Namibia would do well to take a cue from China, which has successfully reduced poverty through people-centred programmes spanning agriculture, infrastructure development and technology.
“The CPC and SWAPO party have had cordial relations dating back to the years of our liberation struggle where they supported us and our two governments continue to cooperate on many developmental aspects for the betterment of our people,” she said. “As a sister party we want to continue tapping into the co-operation of our governments and parties in fostering development for the future.”
The Secretary of the SWAPO Youth League, Cde Ephraim Nekongo weighed in saying: “As a country we still face challenges in creating employment for our youth and we can reduce this through cooperation with our counterparts in the communist party.”
China’s Ambassador to Namibia, Mr Zhang Yiming, underscored the need for continued co-operation between SWAPO and the CPC.
“Our two sister parties continue to find avenues of cooperation in various aspects that will have a positive dent on the lives of our people. We have always worked together in this regard and we will continue to do that in the hope of reducing poverty among our people, he said.
SWAPO Youth League Secretary for Economic Affairs and Namibia’s youngest Regional Governor, Cde Marius Sheya, said Namibia should “find ways of improving our policy implementation to reap the economic fruits”.
“Namibia has done well in crafting policies that can improve the lives of our youth. Recently the president also showed his willingness to empower the youth through appointing them in key positions in Government but the fight for youth emancipation is an ongoing fight that we need to push,” Cde Sheya said.