Windhoek (Namibia). External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said it was important for India and countries like Namibia to work together to cooperate on the global stage in a “very difficult” international context resulting from factors such as the crisis of debt with high interest rates and tense geopolitical situations. time to do it. Jaishankar made the remarks at the end of the first India-Namibia Joint Commission for Cooperation meeting here with Namibian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed the framework for the growing bilateral partnership, covering areas such as energy, infrastructure, wildlife conservation, trade and investment, food security, digital, capacity building, health, defense and art, culture, heritage, people. – the links between people, among others. Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting, “Glad to wrap up the first India-Namibia Joint Commission for Cooperation meeting.” He said Namibia holds a very special place in the hearts and minds of Indian people.
He said in his opening speech: “And that is why we supported the independence of Namibia and we are very happy to see that Namibia has taken its rightful place in the community of nations and has become a proud guardian of the international order”. The Foreign Secretary said: “As you celebrate the 33rd anniversary of your independence, let me tell you that we share your pride and appreciate your progress and success.”
He said when the two countries meet, they cannot remain oblivious to the world and the challenges facing the international system in various fields. Jaishankar said these challenges are affecting people’s lives. He said that what has been happening in the world for three or four years, developing countries and especially the countries of the South are suffering.
The post-pandemic debt crisis with high interest rates, tense geopolitical conditions, as well as the ecological, economic and social costs of climate change have created health, economic and social challenges, he said. I think all of these elements together have indeed created a very difficult international situation today.
“Therefore, it is time for countries like ours to work together to cooperate on the international platform,” he said. Jaishankar also referred to expanding bilateral ties in the areas of energy, green hydrogen, transport and connectivity, digital, pharmaceuticals, food security, science and technology and culture.
He said about 400 Indian companies are working in Namibia. He said: “We will definitely see more investment from India again, more partnerships, stronger skills partnerships.” Jaishankar said he believed “our partnership is entering a new era today” and looked forward to working closely with the Deputy Chief Minister on this.
The Minister of External Affairs also participated in the inauguration of the India-Namibia Center of Excellence in Information Technology in Windhoek. He tweeted: “This hub is a remarkable contribution to our partnership with Digital Africa. It is in line with Namibian priorities and will contribute to research, innovation, cybersecurity and good governance.
Jaishankar also commended Indian Gujarat diamond companies operating in Namibia for enhancing India’s economic interests and building genuine friendship. He said: “It is good to see Indian Gujarat diamond companies active in Namibia. They promote our economic interests while forging true friendship. The Namibian government appreciates their contribution to the local economy.
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