Namibia wants Indian technicians until it produces own

WINDHOEK: The Minister of Information and Communication Technology has appealed to the Indian Government to keep its technicians here until Namibia produces its own technicians for the e-health project.

Joel Kaapanda made the request during a meeting with visiting Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry, Anand Sharma here on Wednesday.

Sharma is leading a five-member delegation on a two-day visit to Namibia. They arrived here on Tuesday.

Namibia has been partnering with India in the e-health project since it was implemented at the Windhoek Central Hospital in 2012.

The e-health service enables the virtual treatment of patients through video conferencing, thereby cutting the cost of travelling for both doctors and patients.

The facility is fully supported by the Indian government.

Kaapanda applauded the Indian government for assisting Namibia in setting up an e-learning centre, which provides education through video conferencing.

Over 200 people are enrolled at this centre and lectured by Indian professors.

On his part, Sharma welcomed the idea for Namibia to use Indian technicians until it obtains qualified technicians for the e-health facility.

“India is committed to be a partner of Namibia through human development, institution building, capacity building and empowerment of people,” he said.

Sharma said his government is willing to be involved in projects which benefit women and young people in the community.

He said the e-learning project assists over 40 countries in the world through satellite systems in sharing knowledge, skills and expertise.

Sharma also paid a courtesy call on President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Prime Minister Hage Geingob and Minister of Foreign Affairs Netumbo Nandi-Ndeitwah on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the visiting Indian delegation held a meeting with the Minister of Trade and Industry on Tuesday Calle Schlettwein.