President leaves for Swaziland for a four-day State visit

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

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday, 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, and 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.

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.