HARARE, July 18 Zimbabwe and Namibia have signed various Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in four sectors — agriculture, tourism, meteorology and youth affairs — at the end of their 7th Meeting of the bilateral Joint Commission here this week.

Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Environment, Water and Climate Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi as well as Youth, Indigenization and Economic Empowerment Minister Francis Nhema signed on behalf of the Zimbabwe

Namibian Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwah signed all the MoUs on behalf of her country.

Speaking after the signing ceremony, Mumbengegwi said the Joint Commission session had been successful as it assisted the two countries cement bilateral ties. “The convening of this Joint Commission demonstrates the commitment of our two countries in strengthening and deepening our ties,” he said.

Mumbengegwi said it was crucial for Harare and Windhoek to expand co-operation into other areas, including information communication technology (ICT) as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
He said co-operation already existed in areas including education, trade and energy.

The two countries also ought to continue co-operating on the international arena especially at the United Nations, he said.

Speaking at the same occasion, Ndaitwah said she was grateful for the support that Zimbabwe offered her country during its struggle for independence. Ndaitwah said Zimbabwe’s support had continued to the present, especially in the education and energy sectors.

“Namibia has benefited from the co-operation with Zimbabwe in having secondary school teachers being trained in Zimbabwe’s institutions of higher learning,” she said. “We would also want to see more co-operation in the field of sports, arts and culture, so that we bring our people together.”

Ndaitwah said it was also important to improve trade relations between the two countries. Namibia has offered landlocked Zimbabwe a piece of land to build a dry port facility at Walvis Bay, its Atlantic coast port, to expedite the transportation of goods.