WINDHOEK: Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Hage Geingob has encouraged Namibian and Cuban governments to find ways on how to cooperate on economic level.
“Namibia-Cuba friendship started way back during the country’s liberation struggle, now we must do more in strengthening economic cooperation,” said Geingob during the meeting with Cuban Ambassador to Namibia Carlos Manuel Rojos Lago at the Minister’s office.
“We have to move on and find ways on how to cooperate economically. Cubans sacrificed their lives during the country’s liberation struggle. At political level we did well and we are doing well, but we have to go further and improve the economic cooperation between the two countries,” he said.
He noted that he still touched by the statement made by the former Cuban President Fidel Castro Luz during the withdrawal of Cuban troops in Africa in 1989, who said: “We took our dead bodies home, but not mineral resources to Cuba.”
“As you sacrificed your lives during Africa’s bitter struggle, let us find ways on how to cooperate economically as partners,” he said.
The Cuban and Angolan soldiers and Namibian freedom fighters fought alongside against the apartheid colonial regime of South Africa, which eventually culminated in the independence of Namibia in 1990.
Once again, they had to leave Angola and pave the way for Namibia’s independence in 1990.’
Cuba is the only country in the world which has crossed the Atlantic Ocean to come and fight with the Namibian freedom fighters during the liberation struggle and sacrificed their precious lives with them.
Cuba supported Namibia in many ways.
When Cassinga refugees camp in southern Angola was attacked in 1978, Cuba took most of the orphaned children who survived the massacre, built two secondary schools for them free of charge on the Island of Youth.
Cuban Ambassador paid a courtesy call to Geingob to officially invite the Minister and Namibian businesses to participate in 2012 Havana International Trade Show to take place on the 4 – 10 November this year.
The trade fair is attended by key Cuban decision-makers and purchasers from industrial and commercial state entities as well as import enterprises.
They use the one-week event to negotiate contracts with foreign suppliers, learn about new technologies and products, meet new exporters and strengthen their relationships with established suppliers.
It is also a valuable opportunity to assess the Cuban market and evaluate their foreign competition.