WINDHOEK: Namibia and the Republic of Togo signed various cooperation agreements at State House on Wednesday.
Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Hage Geingob signed on behalf of Namibia, while Togolese Minister of Transport Dammipi Noupokou signed on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Togo.
The agreements were signed during the visit of Togolese president, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, who arrived in the country on Wednesday afternoon on a three-day State visit.
The cooperation agreements will cover areas of agriculture, aquaculture, transport, tourism, trade and investment, and education, amongst others.
Welcoming the Togolese president to Namibia, Head of State Hifikepunye Pohamba explained that the agreements provide a legal framework for cooperation in a wide range of areas for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
“Let us join hands and work together in our common efforts to improve the living standards of all our peoples. Our people deserve this and it is only proper that we work harder together to realise their aspirations for a better life,” he said.
The Togolese president is accompanied by a delegation of 24 people which include his Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation; Transport; Tourism; Agriculture, Livestock Farming and Fisheries; and his main advisor on diplomatic and cooperation issues.
Gnassingbé will visit the Neudamm Campus of the University of Namibia (Unam) on Thursday, after which he will travel to Walvis Bay where he will tour the Port of Walvis Bay, salt refineries, the Maritime and Fisheries Institute and Merlus Sea Food Processors.
On Friday, the Togolese First Citizen will pay a courtesy call on Founding Father of the Namibian Nation, Dr Sam Nujoma, and visit the NamCot Diamond Factory before his departure back home later the same day.