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Speaker hopeful about Chinese visit, 14 May 2018

Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi briefing the media on his Chinese counterpart’s envisaged visit

 

  Story by George Sanzila

Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi is hopeful that the envisaged visit by his Chinese counterpart, His Excellency, Li Zhanshu, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China would further strengthen already existing bilateral ties between the two countries.

Hon. Katjavivi said this when briefing the media yesterday about the visit of the top Chinese legislator and his delegation, who is expected to be in the country from 15th to the 17th May 2018. The reciprocal visit will centre on inter-parliamentary cooperation and would culminate in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. Both Katjavivi and President Hage Geingob visited China recently to seek for mutual cooperation.

“The MoU will be between the Parliament of Namibia and that of National People’s Congress of China, involving among other things, donating equipment and furniture for our conference room as well as technical cooperation”, noted Katjavivi.

 

The Speaker further revealed that support will extend beyond inter-parliamentary cooperation as it will involve government institutions. “China is also donating to the Ministry of Environment and tourism, 30 4x4 pickup vehicles and camping equipment for anti-poaching operations. They will also donate eye treatment equipment to complement a team of specialized Chinese eye doctors that is already in Namibia”, said Katjavivi.

The Chinese lawmaker is also expected to pay a courtesy call on both President Geingob and Founding President, Sam Nujoma during the visit.

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