The Namibian and Indian governments are exploring possibilities for co-operation in a wide range of areas, including drought-resistant crop production and information communication technology (ICT) infrastructure development, says a Namibian foreign ministry official.

The Head of the Bilateral and Co-operation Department in Namibia's Ministry of International Relations and Co-operation, Panduleni Kaino Shingenge, said this Monday at the 3rd session of political and diplomatic consultations between the two countries held in Windhoek.

"Tremendous potential exists for co-operation in various sectors such as in the areas of drought-resistant crop production, ICT infrastructure development, telecommunication, health, film production, pharmaceuticals and renewable energy," she said.

Shingenge added that since the last consultations in New Delhi, India, in 2012, both sides had shown significant commitment to expand their co-operation.

She noted that more than 900 Namibians had undergone training in India under the Indian Technical and Economic Co-operation (ITEC) programme over the last five years. They were trained in agricultural economics, business management and tourism, among other fields of study.

Highlighting further contributions by India to Namibia, she said the Indian Council of Cultural Relations offered 22 scholarships under the Africa Day Scholarship Scheme for students to do undergraduate and postgraduate courses and research.

India also donated 180 million Namibian dollars (about 11.5 million US dollars) for the construction of engineering and information technology (IT) faculties at the University of Namibia's Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus in Ongwediva, which was handed over in June 2014.

In agriculture, India and Namibia have been co-operating in the areas of training, seed production, provision of agricultural implements and machinery. Namibia has also been importing fertiliser and pearl millet from India.

She said the two-day session would provide an opportunity to also review the status of implementation of the various bilateral agreements signed between the two countries.

India's High Commissioner (ambassador) to Namibia, Kumar Tuhin, and Joint Secretary from the Ministry of External Relations in India, Neena Malhotra, are attending the session.

Source: Nam News Network