WINDHOEK: Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Xin Shunkang has reaffirmed his country’s commitment to enhancing bilateral and economic development in Namibia.
He was speaking during a post-assumption reception at the Chinese Embassy on Thursday.
Xin was amongst 11 ambassadors and two high commissioners who presented their credentials to President Hifikepunye Pohamba at State House on Wednesday.
“Looking back, we could see the tremendous achievements we have made in our bilateral co-operation. Looking ahead, I know I must follow the footsteps of my predecessors, and work hard to further cement our relationship and promote win-win co-operation, which benefits both our countries,” he noted.
As the ninth Chinese ambassador to Namibia, Xin emphasised that he is in the right time and place in the history of China-Namibia relations.
Like every newcomer, Xin said he is struck by the contrasting beauty of the Namibian savannahs, desert and the sea.
But what impresses him most, he said, is the great Namibian people, adding that Namibia is a country of heroes and heroines who have fought hard to win national independence and bring continued peace, stability and economic growth to its people.
He said Namibia is also a country of motivated youth who are continuing the cause of their forefathers in the “second phase of the liberation struggle”.
On trade and co-operation, Xin said more Chinese companies are expected to set up joint ventures with local businesses to promote trade between the two countries.
Namibia’s major exports to China last year included uranium, unrefined copper and zinc, recording exports amounting to N.dollars 270,8 million; N.dollars 255,4 million and N.dollars 84,9 million respectively.
On the other hand, major imports from China to Namibia in the same year included, amongst others things, helicopters and cellphones amounting to N.dollars 314,1 million and N.dollars 35,1 million.
Meanwhile, at the same occasion, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Sheya Mushelenga called on the newly appointed ambassadors and high commissioners to continue strengthening the already excellent relations between Namibia and their respective countries, particularly in socio-economic development.
“You are tasked with continuing to keep the momentum of your predecessors, who did a very good job,” Mushelenga added.
The ambassadors and high commissioners who presented their letters of credentials to Pohamba are from Germany, China, Norway, Gabon, Ecuador, Colombia, Hungary, Belarus, Denmark, New Zealand, Slovak Republic, Bangladesh and Panama.