NAMIBIAN PRESIDENT APPEALS TO CHINA TO SUPPORT SADC’S DEVELOPMENT

BEIJING -- Namibian President Hage Geingob and current Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has appealed to China and its investment community to support the sub-region in developing its manufacturing, infrastructure, transportation, agriculture and tourism sectors.

Addressing the two-day Beijing Summit of the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) which opened in Beijing Monday, he stressed that trade liberalization could only contribute meaningfully to sustainable development, poverty reduction and job creation if it was complemented by the requisite capacities to produce and trade efficiently and effectively.

In order to achieve this, he added, the SADC had developed the Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap 2015-2063. He said China, with its extensive knowledge in industrial development and technology, would be able to help in the SADC's realization of this dream.

"We therefore invite the People?s Republic of China and its investment community to partner with us in supporting projects in priority sectors," he said, adding that the SADC'S main priorities included industrialization, empowerment of youth and maintaining peace and security.

Geingob expressed his gratitude to host President Xi Jinping, who had stressed that China is a country which will remain the "builder of world peace, a contributor to global development, and upholder of international order".

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK