By Staff Reporter
Namibian President Dr. Hage Geingob will visit the French Republic from November 27 – 29.
This is the invitation of François Hollande, French President, to Dr. Geingob, who will be accompanied by the First Lady, Monica Geingos, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and other Ministers including Senior Government Officials.
In a media statement released by Ms Selma Ashipala-Musavyi , Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, “The official visit is a continuation of the exchange of high level visits between the two countries to strengthen bilateral relations.”
“Namibia and France enjoy excellent bilateral relations stemming from the pre independence material and diplomatic support rendered, thus resulting in SWAPO maintaining representation in Paris up to independence. Formal diplomatic relations between the two countries were established soon after Namibia’s independence, and have resulted in strengthened bilateral relations and cooperation. ”
However, the two countries have sofar cooperate in the areas of Agriculture, Education, Transport, Energy, Water and Sanitation, Environment protection and conservation, SME Development and among others.
Trade between Namibia and France also continue to be promoted. Namibia export commodities such as fish, fruits, meat and mineral resources to France. French companies are also increasingly showing interest to invest in Namibia. Other areas to be explored for cooperation include health, tourism, transport, fisheries and marine resources and information technology.
“While in France President Geingob will seek to further strengthen bilateral cooperation, market investment opportunities in Namibia and thereby enhancing trade between the two countries. To this end a number of Memoranda of Understanding will be signed.”
The Namibian president will conclude his official visit in that country by having closed door talks with his counterpart, The President of the French Republic.
He will also address the French business community and investors and will pay visit to industrial sites.
Ms.Ashipala-Musavyi further added that , President Geingob will meet with Namibian community in France and will inaugurate the Namibian Chancery in Paris.