What Mali and Namibia agreed on

What Mali and Namibia agreed on
  • Nine areas of bilateral interest
  • Namibia condemned the upsurge in terrorist attacks in Mali
  • President Hage Geingob to plead Mali’s security problems internationally
  • Framework agreements crafted in agriculture, livestock, fisheries, mining, and visa exemption
    Mali business people to attend investment conference in Namibia
  • Namibia to extend trade mission to Mali
  • Namibia to go to Mali in 2018 for further talks
  • Malians briefed on Harambee Prosperity Plan

Namibia and its West African neighbour, Mali, have agreed to strengthen cooperation in at least nine areas of interest, including President Hage Geingob canvassing support within the international community for that country’s security efforts in a bid to bring an end to terrorism.
The countries this week inaugurated what is known as the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC) which discussed and reviewed bilateral cooperation in the areas of agriculture, education and research, fisheries, mining, information and communication technology, trade and investment, arts and culture, youth and sport as well as consular services and immigration.
The commission crafted framework agreements for cooperation in agriculture, livestock, fisheries and aquaculture, mining, and visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official/service passports.
This is in line with a recent Namibian Cabinet resolution to abolish all visa requirements into the country for all African holders of diplomatic or official passports.
In the area of trade and investment the Namibian delegation invited the Malian business people to attend the Namibia Investment Conference in four months’ time.
Malian Prime Minister Modibo Keita and Namibian Deputy Prime Minister and International Relations Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, officiated at the opening ceremony of the JPCC.
A series of side meetings between individual ministries followed from which the crafted frameworks emanated.
The Malians further requested that Namibia extend a trade mission to their country such as the one to be undertaken to Senegal and to be led by industrialisation minister, Immanuel Ngatjizeko.

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