Namibia and Zimbabwe urged to address common challenges together

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwah said, Namibian and Zimbabwean citizens can grow stronger and prosper if they work together for a common cause to address challenges and take advantage of shared opportunities.

Nandi Ndaitwah said this in a statement issued on Wednesday when she addressed the 9th session of the Namibia-Zimbabwe joint commission of cooperation In Windhoek.

Nandi Ndaitwah said, regional integration is crucial in the process of economic and social development for the two countries, thus they should be pursued with vigour and determination for the benefit of all of people.

She explained that it is important to develop complementary investment strategies to enable the two countries to create synergies in industrial capacity, which holds potential in the area of hospitality and tourism, extractive industries, fisheries, aquaculture, infrastructure development, transport, finance and telecommunications.

In this context, we should use this Session to exchange ideas on how best we can jointly promote trade, investment and joint venture between Namibia and Zimbabwe for the benefit of our peoples. These efforts would lead to the realization of the potential for increased bilateral trade between our two countries, said Nandi Ndaitwah.

She added that Namibia and Zimbabwe remain active members of the African Union, the United Nations, and other international organizations, where they collaborate closely. Thus they worked together with other African countries to shape and determine the Common African Position with regard to the reform and democratization of the United Nations, particularly the Security Council.

At this juncture, I wish the Republic of Zimbabwe well as your country assumes the Chairpersonship of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation. Honourable Minister, count on Namibia's support as we consolidate the democratic gains we have recorded in our region, noted Nandi Ndaitwah.

She further added that the two countries have been engaged in efforts of addressing the political and security challenges in the region, notably, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and Lesotho. And even though the in Madagascar has improved, the region is still faced with new challenges from Comoros.

Source: Namibia Press Agency