By Confidente Reporter
DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, has urged her Brazilian foreign affairs counterpart, Aloysio Nunes, to continue working with Namibia to implement international instruments, such as the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030.
These goals also speak to the African Union Agenda 2063 and the Paris Agreement of the 1992 Rio World Earth Conference.
Nandi-Ndaitwah was speaking during a courtesy call by Nunes to her office this week, who is also set to visit Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique.
“Let me inform you that Namibia has launched its bid to host the African Regional Office of the Green Climate Fund, and we have engaged the presidents of the countries, whose nationals serve on the board of the Green Climate Fund, to lobby for support,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
“In this regard, your support for Namibia’s bid will be appreciated,” she told Nunes.
Nandi-Ndaitwah stressed that as members of the UN, the two countries need to work together on the reform of the United Nations. This corporation should shed special attention on the UN Security Council, to achieve a balanced representation in this important organ.
“This visit is a testament to the importance that you attach to the bilateral relations between our two countries… This [will] afford us with an excellent opportunity to not only review the implementation of the agreements that we have reached so far, but also further exchange views on socio-economic developments, in order to enable our respective governments to respond more effectively to the needs and aspirations of our two peoples,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
She maintained that the bilateral relations between Namibia and Brazil have been cordial, but there is scope for expansion, to cover many socio-economic areas of mutual interests.
According to Nandi-Ndaitwah, there are many cooperation agreements that have been signed between the two countries, including in the areas of geology, agriculture, logistics, health, culture, education, sport, justice and law enforcement and military assistance.
“Some progress has also been made in the logistics sector, following the opening of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group office in Sao Paulo, with the aim to facilitate a direct shipping line between Santos and Walvis Bay.
“The first direct shipping line already started in November 2012. This Santos-Walvis Bay direct shipping line has the potential to increase the trade volumes between the two countries.”
Nandi-Ndaitwah added that the shipping line will immensely benefit landlocked SADC member states.
This, she indicated, is a step in the right direction, and the potential thereof cannot be overemphasised. “I take note of some pending memorandum of understandings and other agreements on both sides, which need to be finalised. In this regard, I urge all the responsible line ministries to speed up the negotiations.” Namibia and Brazil entered into a bilateral relationship in 1994.
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