NIGERIA, NAMIBIA TO JOINTLY DEVELOP OIL REFINERY IN VALVIS BAY

WINDHOEK, March 24- Nigeria and Namibia have proposed to jointly construct an oil refinery at Valvis Bay in Namibia to maximise co-operation in the area of energy.

The decision was reached during the two-day State visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to Namibia at the invitation of his counterpart, President Hifikepunye Pohamba.

This is contained in a joint communiqué issued on the visit and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Windhoek, Namibia, over the weekend.

It stated that the refinery would be wholly privately financed. The two leaders urged the private sectors of both countries to work toward a speedy realisation of the joint oil refinery project.

They commended the hosting of a business forum between the private sector stakeholders of both countries in conjunction with the State visit.

The leaders urged their respective private sector stakeholders to take the full advantage of the abundant business opportunities, to optimise trade and commerce between the two countries.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Federal Government has agreed to train Namibian diplomats at the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy. The Federal Government also agreed to provide volunteer health professionals to Namibia under the Technical Aid Corps (TAC) Scheme.

The agreements were among the 11 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) signed by both countries to broaden and deepen bilateral cooperation.

Others are: Agreement on Youth Development, Bilateral Air Service Agreement and Agreement on Waiver of visa requirements for citizens holding diplomatic and official passports, an Extradition Treaty, Agreement on Co-operation in the legal field, Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters and in the Field of Geology, Mining, Mineral Processing and Metallurgy.

The others are in the Trade, Investment and Economic Co-operation and on Cooperation in the Field of Tourism.

SOURCE: NAN