The Chinese government through their embassy has donated wildlife protection materials to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism’s (MET) as part of efforts to curb poaching and the illegal use of wildlife resources in Namibia.
The N$15 million donation included 30 pick-up bakkies, 500 two person tents, 600 moisture proof pads, 600 sleeping bags, 100 binoculars, 100 solar power batteries and 1,000 mosquito nets.
The Chinese government said the donation was part of its efforts to enhance anti-poaching capability, effectively combat illegal smuggling of wildlife protection products, while strengthening exchanges and co-operation in wildlife protection between the two countries.
“As being demonstrated, all the materials and equipment’s are now in place and handed over to Namibia. It is our sincere hope that the wildlife protection materials will improve the law enforcement capability of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and thus further contributes to the cause of environmental protection in Namibia,” said Li Zhanshu, Chairman of Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, representing the Chinese government at the handover ceremony held at the Parliament on Tuesday.
Zhanshu said the Chinese government supported Namibia during the liberation struggle despite the economy not being stable at the time and reiterated that, “we want to promote practical co-operation and strengthen the relations between China and Namibia.”
“We are a consistent and steadfast comprehensive strategic cooperative partner of Namibia and strongly committed to assisting the Namibian government in their efforts on wildlife protection.”
The Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta expressed his sincere gratitude for the donation.
“This is one of the very significant donations from the Chinese government. We will make use of this in our conservation efforts,” the Minister said.