Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Quang Hieu held online talks with Namibian Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Jenelly Matundu on October 24, affirming that Vietnam always attaches importance to the friendship and cooperation with the African nation.
|Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Quang Hieu (upper, left) and Namibian Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Jenelly Matundu (upper, right) hold talks via videoconference on October 24. Photo: VNA
According to VNA, Deputy Minister Hieu valued the two countries’ cooperation at multilateral forums, especially the United Nations, and thanked Namibia for backing Vietnam’s candidacy for a seat in the UN Human Rights Council for 2023 -2025.
Speaking highly of bilateral relations, Matundu underlined her country’s consistent support for Vietnam’s struggle for national liberation in the past as well as national development efforts at present. She also asked Vietnam to share its experience in addressing war aftermath and coordinate the implementation of the UN Security Council’s Resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace, and security.
The two officials agreed to increase all-level mutual visits and step up meetings between Vietnamese and Namibian ministries, sectors, localities, and businesses so as to create prerequisites for multifaceted partnerships, especially in economy, trade, and investment.
They held that there remains much room for cooperation in the economy, trade, and investment.
They highlighted the determination to raise bilateral trade by providing the best possible conditions for commodities of the two countries’ strength to enter each other’s markets and encouraging enterprises to seek investment and business chances in each other’s countries.
|Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Quang Hieu. Photo: VGP
With 80% of agricultural products in Namibia imported, Matundu said this is a big opportunity for Vietnamese firms and investors, adding that her country hopes to export meat and meat products to the Southeast Asian nation.
Both sides shared the view that their countries boast huge potential for agricultural cooperation.
Hieu noted Vietnam has reaped many agricultural achievements and also successfully carried out agricultural cooperation projects in many African countries. It is ready to share experience and work with Namibia to develop agriculture like what has been obtained in a trilateral project on fisheries among Vietnam, Namibia, and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
Matundu also called on Vietnam to resume the exchange of agricultural experts to help Namibia with rice farming and aquaculture, which was implemented during 2010 – 2014.
In addition, Namibia wishes to learn from Vietnam’s experience in building the Diplomatic Academy and promote the exchange of experts, lecturers, and students, she noted.
During the talks, the two sides also agreed to accelerate the negotiation of important agreements to create preconditions for bilateral cooperation.
Deputy Minister Matundu said she will ask her ministry’s units to ratify the agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders between the two countries early.
Namibia, now a nation with some 2.62 million people and once called South West Africa, achieved its independence from South Africa after a long struggle. The country is also known for its landscapes, floras, and faunas. Namibia is home to 13 ethnic cultures, and 16 languages and dialects are spoken there.
The country is bordered in the west by the Atlantic Ocean, in the east by Botswana and Zimbabwe, in the south by South Africa, and in the north by Angola.
The field of tourism, mining, services, agriculture, manufacturing, and fishing are among the potential areas for investment.