In Accra, Friday, November 11, 2016 -Ghana and Namibia enhanced their existing bilateral relations with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the Fisheries sector. The signing took place during the official closing ceremony of the 2nd Session of the Ghana-Namibia Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) held at the Ministry.
The agreement was signed by the Honourable Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana, Mr. Emmanuel Bombande, the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Ms. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwaah, and the Honourable Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources of Namibia, Mr. Bernhardt Esau, on behalf of their respective Governments.
In his address, Hon. Emmanuel Bombande, enumerated the areas of mutual cooperation which included Agriculture, Trade and Investment, Tourism, Environmental Protection, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Transport, Security, Petroleum, Power and Fisheries. He urged both countries to go beyond the agreement, and take necessary steps including follow-ups for effective implementation of the programmes of the PJCC. The Hon. Deputy Minister observed, with concern, the numerous challenges that confronted the continent, including modern forms of slavery, human trafficking, threat of violent extremism and terrorism , although the world order had changed dramatically with the demise of the Cold War. He therefore encouraged the two countries to evolve strategies geared towards creating the necessary congenial atmosphere, to engender sustainable socio-economic growth and development.
Hon. Emmanuel Bombande admonished that the ordinary citizens of both countries should be able to benefit from the implementation of the programmes and initiatives of the PJCC and expressed gratitude to the participants for their deliberations that led to the successful conclusion of the 2nd session of the Ghana-Namibia PJCC.
In her response, Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Relations expressed appreciation to Ghana for the unflinching support and immense contribution provided by Dr Kwame Nkrumah that helped Namibia to attain Independence. She commended Ghana for conducting six (6) successful elections and expressed optimism that the impending elections on December 7 would further consolidate Ghana’s democratic governance and therefore help to deepen Africa’s democracy. She observed that, “Africa is a continent on the move, it is time to consolidate our democratic institutions for the realization of Africa’s Agenda 2063, it is now and not tomorrow”.
She disclosed that both countries had agreed to meet every two years to evaluate the programmes to ensure the realisation of the objectives of the PJCC for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries. She was hopeful that both countries would work together for the attainment of the ideals of African integration and to take the necessary measures to eradicate poverty and ensure the prosperity of the two (2) countries.
Concluding her remarks, she thanked the people of the Republic of Ghana for holding the second session of the PJCC and therefore invited Ghana to participate in the third session, scheduled to be held in Namibia in 2018.
It may be recalled that Ghana-Namibia PJCC was commenced in 1992, to further promote political, economic and social cooperation.