By Confidente Reporter
A delegation of senior officials from WorldSkills China has paid a one-day official visit to Namibia to present their Shanghai 2021 WordSkills Competition bid and to discuss possible collaborations between the two countries in areas of technical vocational education and training (TVET).
The two delegations focused particularly on the improvement of their respective local and national skills competitions.
The Chinese delegation, which visited on 7 July, met with WorldSkills Namibia officials, with their objective to appraise each other on their respective activities and future plans.
The officials also met with the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Alfred van Kent, the Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Training Authority, Jerry Beukes, and other senior officials.
The bi-annual WorldSkills Competition is held in a different member countries, with the host decided by way of a bidding process. All WorldSkills International (WSI) members may bid to host the competition, in line with the competition rules dealing with the selection of a host country and city.
The hosting member is determined through a rigorous process, which entails expression of interest, validation visits by WSI board to the prospective member/ city to do a comprehensive analysis of capacity, and the shortlisting of a maximum of three members, who meet certain criteria.
They are subsequently invited to prepare a formal bid, in accordance with a bidding template and rules, to ensure fairness and comparability of bids.
Upon satisfying the above criteria, the bidding members are allowed time to communicate and market their proposals to other members, ahead of presenting their formal bid document at a relevant WorldSkills General Assembly.
The hosting city/member for 2021 will be democratically determined in October by a secret voting process, through technical and official delegates, at a General Assembly to be held in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The previous World Skills Competition was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015, where Kazan was voted to host the 2019 edition of the event.
During their first participation in 2015, China competed in 29 skills and Namibia in four skills. For this year’s competition, which will be held in Abu Dhabi in October, China will send 47 participants and with Namibia seven.
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