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Zimbabwe, Namibia sign three MoUs

27 Apr, 2017 - 02:04 0 Views
Zimbabwe, Namibia sign three MoUs

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President Mugabe and First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe welcome Namibian President Hage Geingob and his wife Monica Geingos on arrival at Harare International Airport yesterday. — (Picture by John Manzongo)

President Mugabe and First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe welcome Namibian President Hage Geingob and his wife Monica Geingos on arrival at Harare International Airport yesterday. — (Picture by John Manzongo)

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter; Pictures by John Manzongo

Zimbabwe and Namibia yesterday signed three Memoranda of Understanding in the areas of women, gender and community development, health and sport and recreation. President Mugabe hosted a State banquet in honour of Dr Geingob at State House last night. The banquet was still on by the time of going to press late last night. The MoUs were signed in the presence of President Mugabe, First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe and visiting Namibian President Hage Geingob and his wife Monica Geingos who arrived in Harare in the morning.

The signing of the MoUs was a culmination of discussions held during the 8th Session of the Zimbabwe-Namibia Joint Commission held in Harare in the past three days.

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The first MoU to be signed was on cooperation in the area of women, gender equality and community development by Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Minister Nyasha Chikwinya and Namibia’s Minister of Gender Equality and Child Care, Doreen Siyoka.

The second MoU on health was signed by Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa and Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister and also Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Mrs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwa. The MoU seeks to promote a framework for development in the field of health through sharing of information and cooperation in the field of research.

Namibian President Hage Gottfried Geingob accompanied by service chiefs inspects guard of honour at Harare International Airport yesterday. Picture by John Manzongo

Namibian President Hage Gottfried Geingob accompanied by service chiefs inspects guard of honour at Harare International Airport yesterday.

The third MoU was signed by Sport and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane and Mrs Nandi-Ndaitwa and seeks to promote cooperation and exchange programmes in the fields of sport and recreation.

Zimbabweans welcoming their President Hage Gottfried Geingob at Harare International Airport yesterday. Picture by John Manzongo

Zimbabweans welcoming their President Hage Gottfried Geingob at Harare International Airport yesterday.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said they had discussed various areas of cooperation during the session, including that of energy, human resources development and transport.

“Over the past three days, we have been holding discussion during the 8th Session of the Zimbabwe-Namibia Joint Commission where we took stock of the work we have done over the past three years and the areas we would want to pursue,” he said.

Namibian President Hage Gottfried Geingob greets Tourism and Hospitality Industry Deputy Minister Anastancia Ndlovu while President Mugabe look on at Harare International Airport yesterday. Picture by John Manzongo

Namibian President Hage Gottfried Geingob greets Tourism and Hospitality Industry Deputy Minister Anastancia Ndlovu while President Mugabe look on at Harare International Airport yesterday.

“The Joint Commission also noted the exchange of personnel we have had in various areas between our two countries, areas of training we have undertaken between our two countries and areas or solidarity. We recognised the speedy way Namibia has responded when we made our appeals (for relief following recent floods).”

Service chiefs Lieutenant General Phillip Sibanda, Air Marshal Perence Shiri, Deputy Commissioner General Levy Sibanda, Commissioner General Retired Major General Paradzai Zimondi take a salute during the arrival of Namibian President Hage Gottfried Geingob after his arrival at Harare International Airport yesterday. Picture by John Manzongo

Service Chiefs Lieutenant General Phillip Sibanda, Air Marshal Perence Shiri, Deputy Commissioner General Levy Sibanda and Commissioner General Retired Major General Paradzai Zimondi salute Namibian President Hage Gottfried Geingob on his arrival at Harare International Airport yesterday.

Minister Mumbengegwi thanked the Namibians for the assistance rendered following the flooding caused by Cyclone Dineo. He said the dry port facility which Namibia offered Zimbabwe was now between 80 and 90 percent complete. The Namibian government granted Zimbabwe 19 000 square metres of land to construct its own dry port expected to boost the country’s trade, but due to financial constrains the project had been delayed.

President Mugabe and his Namibian counterpart Hage Gottfried Geingob singing the national anthem of Namibia while Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Chiwenga take a salute after his arrival at Harare International Airport yesterday. Picture by John Manzongo

President Mugabe and his Namibian counterpart Hage Gottfried Geingob sing the national anthem of Namibia while Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General Constantino Chiwenga take a salute after the Namibian President’s arrival at Harare International Airport yesterday.

President Geingob arrived in Zimbabwe early yesterday and is expected to officially open the 2017 edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo on Friday.

President Mugabe and his Namibian counterpart Hage Gottfried Geingob and First Ladies Dr Grage Mugabe and Monica Geingob after arrival at Harare International Airport yesterday. Picture by John Manzongo

President Mugabe and his Namibian counterpart Hage Gottfried Geingob and First Ladies Dr Grace Mugabe and Monica Geingob at Harare International Airport yesterday.

He was met at the Harare International Airport by President Mugabe, First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, service chiefs, several ministers, diplomats and senior Government officials and scores of Zimbabweans.

President Mugabe and his Namibian counterpart Hage Gottfried Geingob, First Ladies Dr Grace Mugabe Monica Geingob admiring traditional dancers at Harare International Airport yesterday. Picture by John Manzongo

President Mugabe and his Namibian counterpart Hage Gottfried Geingob, First Ladies Dr Grace Mugabe and Monica Geingob admire traditional dancers at Harare International Airport yesterday.

President Geingob inspected a quarter guard mounted by the Presidential Guard, before attending the signing ceremony of the MoUs at State House.

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