Justice Ministry delegation to sign MoU in China

WINDHOEK; A delegation of senior officials from the Justice Ministry and prosecuting authority left for China on Monday to help strengthen bilateral cooperation in the fields of law and justice between the two countries.

Namibia’s Deputy Minister of Justice, Tommy Nambahu is leading the delegation.

The ministry said in a media statement availed to Nampa here on Tuesday morning Nambahu will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with his Chinese counterpart, Deputy Minister of Justice of the People’s Republic of China, Zhang Yanzhen on exchange and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of law and justice in China.

“In furtherance of the cooperation agreement, the two countries identified a need to enhance collaboration in the areas of legal publications and dissemination of legal knowledge, administration of the legal profession and public notaries, legal aid, alternative dispute resolution, and judicial and legal expertise,” read the statement.

Other areas of cooperation include drafting and management of laws, regulations and rules within the functions and competence of the parties; mutual legal assistance in civil and criminal matters; institutional, operational, management, technical support; and capacity building of judicial administrative staff members.

During the official meeting, the two deputy ministers will explore further bilateral cooperation and help deepen discussions on other topics of common interest.

The Namibian delegation is expected to pay a courtesy call on Wu Aiying, the Minister of Justice of China.

The Namibians will also hold a meeting with Legal Drafters of the Ministry of Justice of China and Supreme Court of China, and pay a visit to prison and legal assistance institutes in the Zhejiang Province, as well as authorities responsible for mobile courts. They will also visit to legal training and research institutions.

The critical focus of attention by Namibia in terms of the agreement will be cooperation in the areas of the establishment of a justice training college, responsible for training judicial officers and all court officials, and the training of officials in legislative drafting matters.

Other members of the delegation include Chief Legislative Drafter Gabriel Nepaya, Chief Registrar of High and Supreme Court Elsie Schickerling, Deputy Director of Legal Aid Patience Daringo, and Deputy Commissioner-General Lukas Hangula of Prison and Correctional Services.

The Namibian delegation is expected back on Monday next week.