Namibia eyes greater cooperation with China: Deputy PM

By Lu Wen'ao Source:Global Times Published: 2017/4/12 23:58:39

Namibian Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah called for greater cooperation with China  on Wednesday, as the resource-rich country looks to boost its economy.

"We believe the only way we can take our people out of poverty is through industrialization," Nandi-Ndaitwah told Chinese reporters at a media briefing on Wednesday.

"Our focus is on trade and investment … to add value to our natural resources instead of taking them away."

Namibia is classified as an upper-middle income country by the World Bank, but Nandi-Ndaitwah noted many people continue to live in poverty in his country.

Nandi-Ndaitwah, who became Deputy Prime Minister in March 2015 while serving as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, led a Namibian delegation on a three-day visit to China.

"China is very much aware of the concerns and aspirations of other developing countries," Nandi-Ndaitwah said.

"Namibia is truly grateful that China continues to be the trusted, solid all-weather friend of Namibia."

In the year of 2016, Namibia experienced a devastating drought, leaving the government to issue a national emergency and seek assistance. China donated rice worth $100,000.

The country, which only gained independence from South Africa in 1990, also suffers from a lack of skilled labor.

"In our cooperation with China, we are focused on ­education to allow our ­people to acquire the necessary skills and technology to bring ­innovation," Nandi-Ndaitwah said. "Without innovation, you can't develop the country's economy."

Three universities were established in Namibia since gaining independence, with two of them public universities, University of Namibia and Namibia University of Science and Technology.

The country is also short of physicians. But more than 100 students are training in China as medical practitioners.

The number is growing as many Namibian self-sponsored students have come to China, which is expected to alleviate the shortage of physicians in the country.

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