Walvis Bay, Pointe-Noire sign friendship agreement

The Municipalities of Walvis Bay and Pointe Noire of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have on Tuesday signed an inter-municipal relationship agreement and are now officially proclaimed as friendship cities.

The agreement was made official here by Walvis Bay Mayor Alderman Immanuel Wilfried and a delegation from the municipality with a DRC delegation led by Pointe Noire's Chair of the Regional and Municipal Council, Mayor and parliamentarian Kando Jean Francois, during their two-day visit to Walvis Bay.

Earlier this year, Wilfried and the delegation from the municipality visited Pointe- Noire with the aim to establish common interests as well as see how an inter-city cooperation for the benefit of the two communities can be built.

According to Wilfried, through this friendship, the Municipality of Walvis Bay hopes that prospects of investments opportunities can be created for mutually beneficial exchanges.

Namibia and Congo have a very long history and signing this agreement with Pointe-Noire will allow us to foster and strengthen our relationship further.

It is indeed important that good relations with various countries be established because often we share the same challenges and sharing plans can accelerate growth and development in our respective countries, the mayor said.

Wilfried added that these kinds of agreement will encourage local businesses and organisations to start engaging with counterparts in these countries to reap the necessary benefits.

Meanwhile, Francois expressed confidence that the relationship his town will establish with Walvis Bay will be a win-win relationship and that both countries with benefit accordingly.

This agreement is within the cooperation frameworks that exists between Namibia and DRC as this relationship predates even before Namibia's independence.

What we are trying to do is establish the cooperation at the level of the local authorities and we would indeed like to see it bare fruits and we hope in the near future we can see the exchanges of business people and experience and other expertise within our two councils, Francois added.

Earlier this year, the Autonomous Port Authority of Pointe-Noire visited the Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) in Walvis Bay to sign a memorandum of understanding between the two ports.

The delegation from DRC is expected to visit Namport, a local fish factory, the salt factory and tour informal markets in Walvis Bay, before departing for Windhoek on Thursday.

Source: Namibia Press Agency