Ninth Namibia-Zimbabwe JCC session starts in Windhoek

The 9th session of the Namibia-Zimbabwe Joint Commission on Cooperation (JCC) has commenced with diplomats and technocrats expected to discuss issues of mutual interest and expedite the implementation of incomplete agreements of mutual interest between the two countries.

The JCC kicked off in the capital, Windhoek on Monday.

It is expected to take place between 22-24 July 2019 and will be followed by an official State visit of Zimbabwe's President, EmmersonMnangagwa to Namibia from 25-26 July 2019.

Opening the event, Executive Director (ED) in the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation Ambassador. Selma Ashipala-Musavyi said the convention comes at an opportune time as the countries can only become much stronger and prosperous through cooperation.

So far, trade and investment, agriculture, fisheries, mining, transport, energy, health, culture, and tourism are some of the priority areas in the Namibia-Zimbabwe relationship.

She told the delegates to grasp the opportunity to outline priority areas of cooperation between the two Southern African nations.

While acknowledging that several high-level visits have helped elevate their relationship over the years, the ED said more still needs to be done, if harvesting the desired fruits is anything to go by.

She added that the JCC over the two days will also review the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in information, media, and broadcasting.

The revision of anMoU on science, technology, and innovation will also feature during the JCC talks.

Ashipala-Musavyi furthermore reiterated that Namibia considers bilateral agreements a the building block towards the attainment of regional and continental integration.

We believe that this is where it starts. Therefore, this session provides us with another ample opportunity to review the implementation of bilateral projects and programs and thereby further enhancing our bilateral cooperation, she said.

Apart from bilateral talks, Ashipala-Musavyi took time to discuss the devastating drought that has ravaged most of the Southern African region.

Our region has indeed been hit by climate disasters, the worst we have seen in our lifetime. Most nations have declared national disaster emergencies due to either devastating floods or drought, she said.

To arrest the prevailing natural calamities borne out of climate change, she said, it is now imperative for Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.

More needs to be to strengthen our regional capacity for disaster preparedness and response, she said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency