In Accra,Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – the plenary session of the 2nd Ghana-Namibia Permanent Joint Commission (PJCC) was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, to enable experts of the two countries discuss and identify areas of cooperation for the mutual benefit of Ghana and Namibia.
Opening the session, Acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and Leader of the Ghanaian delegation, Mr. Edwin Adjei, disclosed that Ghana and Namibia had enjoyed close relations, which date before Namibia’s independence when Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, supported the liberation struggle for Namibia’s independence. He mentioned that, the discussions for the PJCC was held when former the President of Namibia, Mr. Sam Nujoma, visited Ghana in 1992. According to him, his visit occasioned the signing of the Protocol that established the initial PJCC in 1994, following a visit to Namibia by former President Jerry John Rawlings.
Mr. Adjei indicated that the relations between the two countries had became dormant until 25th August,2011, when the late President Evans Atta-Mills visited Namibia and signed an agreement for the re-establishment of cooperation, including Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Mutual Exemption of Visas for the Holders of Diplomatic and Service Passport.
The Acting Chief Director, called for increased economic, trade and investment activities between the two(2) countries. He recommended that the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of both countries should forge closer collaboration to enhance business growth and expansion of commodity markets. He pointed out that Ghana’s Mission in Namibia was planning to host a Trade and Investment Fair in 2017 to promote “Made-in-Ghana” goods.
According to him, the decision by the Board of Air Namibia to resume flights between Ghana and Namibia in April, 2017 would help to significantly improve the relations between the two countries.
He further disclosed that, the potential areas for cooperation that needed to be explored between the two countries included mining, livestock,ceramics and textiles. He was hopeful that the second session of PJCC would provide a useful platform for exchange of ideas among the experts of the two countries.
In response, Ambassador Selma Ashipala-Masavyi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation of Namibia expressed her sincere appreciation to the Ghana Government for the warm reception offered to the Namibian delegation.
She recalled the important role Ghana played towards the attainment of the Namibia’s independence. She expressed her gratitude for the assistance Ghana provided during the establishment of Namibia’s Foreign Ministry. Ambassador Ashipala-Masavyi noted that, the Namibian Government decided to open a resident Mission in Ghana in furtherance of the bilateral and cordial relations existing between the two countries.
She stated that Namibia sought to enhance cooperation with Ghana in the areas of trade, agriculture, health, and infrastructural development. The Ambassador added that there were many opportunities to be explored by the experts during their discussions, and was therefore hopeful that both countries would work together for the mutual benefits of their peoples.