WINDHOEK: Namibia and Togo should find innovative ways to promote economic empowerment in order to address the various developmental challenges facing the two countries, President Hifikepunye Pohamba said on Wednesday.
Speaking during a meeting with his Togolese counterpart, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé at State House, Pohamba said this should be done through the development of skills and the creation of employment opportunities for the people of both countries, especially the youth.
Gnassingbé arrived on Wednesday afternoon for a three-day State visit.
Pohamba said trade and commerce have become the cornerstones of successful bilateral relations, adding that Namibia and Togo could reap dividends from increased cooperation in trade and the promotion of investments in various sectors of their respective economies.
“It is my wish that our two countries will further build on the foundation that we are laying today and explore other areas where Togo and Namibia can work together for the mutual benefit of our peoples,” Pohamba stressed.
According to the Namibian leader, Togo has the potential to become one of the top destinations for cultural tourism on the African continent.
Similarly, he added, both Namibia and Togo are home to United Nations Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites, which hold immense potential for the promotion of cultural tourism.
On his part, Gnassingbé said there is a need for Africa to strengthen integration.
“If Africa is not integrated, we will have problems and all the programmes that we put together will not be successful,” he stressed.
Gnassingbé noted that West Africa is currently experiencing a serious crisis, particularly Mali which is north of Togo, as half of its territory is occupied by terrorists, while Nigeria is struggling against a terrorist group Boko Haram.