NAMIBIAN, CHINESE PRESIDENTS HOLD TALKS IN BEIJING AHEAD OF 3RD FOCAC SUMMIT

WINDHOEK-- Namibian President Hage Geingob has concluded a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, which focused on infrastructure development, investment and shared prosperity, the Presidency said in a statement here Sunday.

During the meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Geingob informed Xi that he was pleased with the progress in the bilateral relationship between the two nations since its elevation to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership on Co-operation in March this year.

"We are already reaping benefits from this elevated relationship in the form of the Hosea Kutako Airport Upgrading Project. We appreciate the rapid progress of implementation regarding this project, including the five-year grace period (for the repayment of a loan for the project) offered by China," Geingob was quoted as saying.

Geingob, who is in Beijing to attend the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) being held on Monday and Tuesday, also informed his Chinese counterpart equivalent that the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between their countries had been initialled and that there was a need to conclude the agreement in light of Namibia's "enormous potential in the tourism sector".

Stressing the importance of win-win co-operation and opportunities, Geingob said infrastructure connectivity, investment, market access, value addition and trade are critical for building a partnership based on growth and development.

Geingob also called on China to play a constructive role in matters of peace and security, the statement said.

The bilateral talks were concluded with the witnessing of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on "Co-operation within the Framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Maritime Silk Road Initiative".

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK