WINDHOEK: Newly appointed Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Xin Shunkang has promised to fast-track the agreement between the two countries for the export of beef to China.
Xin said this during a media briefing in the capital on Friday to familiarise himself with the Namibian media.
He also used the opportunity to praise the success of the fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in Beijing, China in July this year.
“Namibian beef is of good quality and I have no doubt that people of China will welcome it to enter their market as soon as possible,” he said.
Xin stated that the Government of China has sent a team to investigate the export process before the final decision on this agreement is made.
He stressed that China in future will help Namibia in the area of agriculture, education and manufacturing.
Xin said during his stay in Namibia for the past two weeks, he met the Minister of Education, Dr Abraham Iyambo and discussed the issues facing the education system.
According to him, Iyambo mentioned that Namibia needs 1 300 classrooms, to which Xin promised his government’s commitment in assisting to build more classrooms in Namibia.
Xin further promised to assist Namibia in training young people to be technicians, and will continue providing scholarships to more Namibians to study in China.
He also promised to bring Chinese eye specialists to help Namibia where there is a need in future, just as he did in Zimbabwe during his term of service as an Ambassador there for the past three years.
Xin reiterated his country’s commitment to help African countries as it was mentioned by his president, Hu Jintao during FOCAC conference.
“China and Africa will continue to work together for the development of all African countries,” he quoted Hu as saying.
Xin stressed that China has supported African countries in independently resolving issues in the region and advancing the process of African integration, adding that the two (China and Africa) have deepened practical economic cooperation featuring mutual benefit.
Xin still has to present his credentials to President Hifikepunye Pohamba.