CHINA LOOKING FORWARD TO IMPORT BEEF FROM NAMIBIA, SAYS BEIJING’S NEW AMBASSADOR

WINDHOEK, China is looking forward to importing beef and other products from Namibia despite an outbreak of the lumpy skin disease in the northern part of this country, says the new Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming.

"Besides beef, China also welcomes mutton and seafood such as lobsters and oysters. However, the only worry we have is that perhaps Namibia would not be able to provide us with enough products," Zhang said when he met members of the local media here Tuesday.

The ambassador said China was willing to renegotiate its agreement with Namibia concerning such imports and added that the sooner this happenned, the better. The two countries are also planning on signing a series of bilateral co-operation agreements, he disclosed.

Among the agreements is one on economic and technological co-operation with regard to the Windhoek-Hoses Kutako International Airport road project and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on human resource development.

China and Namibia have also exchanged letters on the feasibility study for the construction of four rural schools in the northern part of the country.

"The Chinese side is willing to enhance our pragmatic cooperation in priority areas such as industrialisation, agricultural modernisation, and infrastructure," said Zhang.

The ambassador also announced that Chinese First Deputy Premier Zhang Gaoli will be in Namibia at the end of the week to boost bilateral co-operation and promote the countries' partnership to new heights.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK