Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (right) and Chairman of the National People’s Congress of China his Excellency, Lli Zhanshu signing the Mou
|Story by George Sanzila
Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi has reiterated his call for strengthened parliamentary cooperation between Namibia and China. Hon. Katjavivi made the call to his visiting Chinese counterpart, His Excellency, Li Zhanshu, Chairman of the National People’s Congress of China who is on a three days visit to Namibia.
Katjavivi who visited China in 2016 to seek for mutual cooperation between the country’s legislative bodies, noted that bilateral ties between the two countries have been elevated, particularly following the recent visit to China by Namibian President Hage Geingob. Intensive talks by President Geingob with his Chinese counterpart, His Excellency, Xi Jinping led to numerous bilateral agreements between the two countries.
Matters of interest that enjoyed discussions between the two presiding officers included capacity building for parliament, promotion and preservation of national heritage, monitoring of the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), globalization and trade featured among others.
Hon. Katjavivi further thanked the Chinese Speaker for a donation of 30 pick-up vehicles and equipment to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism that preceded official talks between the two top legislators. Vehicles and equipment donated are to be used for anti-poaching activities of the ministry.
“I offer our sincere thanks and appreciation for the generous donations that you and your delegation have presented to us. It is much appreciated by our parliament and the people of Namibia”, said Katjavivi.
His Excellency, Zhanshu on his part noted that Namibia and China enjoyed long standing relations that dates back to the days of the struggle for Namibia’s liberation. He further revealed that his mission was to build on that partnership. The two legislators later signed a memorandum of understanding that would pave the way for the implementation of agreements reached between the two countries.