China, Namibia agree to bolster cooperation

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob on Thursday agreed to establish a comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation between the two countries.

The two heads of state reached the consensus during their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Geingob is on a seven-day state visit to China at the invitation of President Xi.

He is accompanied in China by a high-level delegation that comprises cabinet ministers, senior government officials and business people across a variety of sectors.

President Geingob main focus during his trip is Namibia-China bilateral cooperation on sectors critical to the national development, which includes science and technology, infrastructure, agriculture trade and industry, business facilitation, people to people exchanges and tourism.

The African leader’s visit to Beijing comes amid reports that Namibia slid into recession after its economy contracted in the final two quarters of last year, dragged down by sectors like construction and retail.

Geingob‘s visit will come to an end on 3 April.