Pohamba vists kingdom of Swaziland

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba left for the kingdom of Swaziland on Wednesday morning for a four-day State visit.

He was seen off at the Eros airport by Defence Minister Nahas Angula; Gender Equality Minister Rosalia Nghidinwa; Information and Communication Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda; the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Eliah Kaiyamo; members of the diplomatic community accredited to Namibia, and other senior government officials.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, the State visit to Swaziland is a reciprocal visit, which would provide an opportunity for Pohamba to strengthen further existing bilateral relations between the two sisterly countries, while exploring potential areas of cooperation, especially with regards to trade.

During his State visit here in 2012, His Majesty King Mswati III of Swaziland expressed interest in Namibia’s fishing sector, especially freshwater aquaculture.

Namibia could thus look at opportunities to either exchange expertise or export freshwater fish to Swaziland, the statement reads.

Trade and investment would be high on the agenda, and Namibia is expected to cooperate further with Swaziland through participation in each other’s national trade fairs and exhibitions; the exchange of information related to trade and investment as well as the promotion of outward and inward trade missions.

Swaziland and Namibia established diplomatic relations soon after Namibia’s independence in 1990.

Since 1993, agreements were also signed to exchange experts in areas such as education, healthcare and tourism based on the principles of equality and mutual benefits, taking into account each country’s needs and capabilities.

The State visit would also offer opportunities for both countries to exchange views on a wide range of areas concerning multilateral, continental and international issues.

Pohamba is being accompanied by Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein; the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Peya Mushelenga; the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Chief Samuel Ankama and other senior government officials.

They are all expected back on Saturday.