Zuma arrives in Namibia

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Namibia for a visit at the invitation of his counterpart President Hifikepunye Pohamba.

The visit takes place within the context of the Heads of State Economic Bilateral (HOSEB) between South Africa and Namibia. The annual Heads of State Economic Bilateral meetings alternate between South Africa and Namibia and is presided by the two Presidents with the last meeting hosted by South Africa in November last year.

The forum was established by mutual consent between the Presidents of South Africa and Namibia and there was no Memorandum of Understanding or a signed Agreement pertaining to the establishment of the Heads of State Economic Bilateral.

It focuses on joint economic cooperation, and may further cover co-operation ranging from the environment, in particular Transfrontier Parks, Marine and Coastal Management; Transport and Communication Issues; Agriculture; Energy, Science and Technology, Trade and Industry, Spatial Development Initiatives and issues relating to regional integration.

"The meeting will review progress made thus far, and further add impetus by promoting mutual economic cooperation, trade coordination and development as identified and agreed upon," the Presidency said.

South Africa and Namibia's bilateral relations have over the last decade registered considerable progress and this is evidenced by 54 agreements covering co-operation across the socio-economic and political spectrum.