WINDHOEK: Namibia is in the position to export more beef to Norway, and will request for an increase in the current quota under both the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) and Free Trade Area (FTA) arrangements.
A statement issued today by the Ministry of Trade and Industry said Namibia has over the years attempted to enter the Norwegian market with bone-in-lamb, and this matter has not been resolved to date.
To this effect, Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Hage Geingob will depart for Oslo, Norway today to attend various key meetings pertaining to issues of strategic economic interest to Namibia, mainly the promotion of investment through joint ventures from Norwegian companies into Namibian agricultural production and agro-processing.
Geingob and his delegation will take the opportunity to reach an understanding with their Norwegian counterparts in terms of entering the Norwegian market with bone-in-lamb.
The request for quota expansion under the FTA arrangement is in accordance with Article Six of the Agricultural Agreement between the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) States and Norway.
Currently, Namibia exports beef to Norway under two dispensations – the Norwegian GSP scheme and the SACU-Norway Agricultural Agreement.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) was declared the best cleaning group of the mass clean-up campaign held here on Friday.
Ondangwa Town Council Public Relations Officer (PRO), Luke Salomo told Nampa yesterday that NamPol fielded mostly trainees from its training camp near the Ondangwa Airport.
They were joined by a group of National Youth Service (NYS) trainees, also from Ondangwa, as well as members of the community and learners from four local schools.
Castle Brewing Namibia sponsored the campaign with two computer and printer sets that were won by the two best participating schools – Olukolo Primary School (PS) and Shinime Shiivula PS.
The cleaning activity covered the entire town, including business places, office premises and residential areas, and was aimed at educating the general public to manage waste accordingly, and to make Ondangwa a clean town and a dream place to live in.