WINDHOEK: Namibia and the Republic of Togo signed various cooperation agreements at State House yesterday.
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 yesterday 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.
Pohamba urged the two countries to join hands and work together in their common efforts to improve the living standards of all their peoples.
Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka has called on the public to adhere to the Namibian Constitution and respect and protect their fellow citizens’ right to life.
Sioka said this while presenting her ministerial statement on passion killing in the country in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
She noted that passion killing is becoming an issue of serious concern in Namibia as more women and girls continue to be brutally killed by their partners.
Sioka stated that the Constitution upholds the rights of all citizens and actively promotes legal protection for the citizens through progressive laws and policies.
She then explained that Government, through her ministry, has an ongoing active campaign on zero tolerance for gender-based violence, which focuses on human trafficking, gender-based violence and passion killing.
The programmes target all members of society, including the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), life skills’ teachers, and traditional and church leaders.