President Hage Geingob was expected to travel to Canada for a working visit after completing his official working visit to the Republic of Guinea on Thursday.
While in Guinea this week, Geingob and his Guinean counterpart, Alpha Condé, emphasized and agreed on the need for the two coastal states to cooperate closely in the maritime sector and port operations in order to harness opportunities from the blue economy for accelerated youth empowerment and employment creation.
Geingob Press Secretary, Alfredo Tjiurimo Hengari, said in a media statement that the president placed high emphasis on agriculture and food security in the bilateral talks.
The president told his counterpart that Namibia had an unsustainable import bill in agricultural products hence technical exchanges in the field of agriculture should commence immediately.
He also thanked the government and people of Guinea for their unwavering diplomatic, material and moral support to SWAPO in its fight for Namibia’s freedom.
The two countries signed four agreements – the Framework Agreement for Cooperation, Agreement on the Establishment of a Joint Commission, a Memorandum of Understanding on Political and Diplomatic Cooperation and a Memorandum of Understanding on Reciprocal Exemptions of visas for holders of diplomatic and official passports.
The president reiterated Namibia’s commitment to a common African voice in international affairs, the reform of the United Nations Security Council and the African Union’s developmental blueprint, Agenda 2063.
With regard to the working visit, President Geingob said: “President Alpha Condé and I share converging views about the need for Africans to solve their own problems, and for our two countries to deepen cooperation, particularly in agriculture and mining. We also agree about the urgency of a self – financing African Union – but in doing so we must respect the principle of fairness and equity in the contributions of member states.”
In Canada, he will hold bilateral talks with that country’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
The visit to the North American country will focus on inclusive growth, trade and investment, climate change and gender equality.
After the Canada visit, Geingob is expected to attend the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Geingob will also address the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit: United Nations High Level Plenary on Global Peace, the Bloomberg Global Business Forum and will further participate in the High – Level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the High-Level Meeting on the Fight to End Tuberculosis.
He is expected to return to Namibia in the evening of 28 September.