WINDHOEK: The President of the Republic of Togo, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe on Wednesday evening said his country and its people “stand with” Namibia in remembrance of Namibia’s heroes.
The Togolese Head of State, who was speaking through an interpreter at a State banquet held in his honour, also paid tribute to former President Dr Sam Nujoma, who attended the event.
Gnassingbe commended and praised Namibia for its political stability and democratic system.
Meanwhile, Namibia’s President Hifikepunye Pohamba said at the same event that Namibia and Togo should do more to improve access to public services such as education, health care, housing, electricity and other social amenities.
He added that both countries should redouble efforts towards continental integration, in line with the Abuja Treaty and the Lagos Plan of Action.
The Abuja Treaty was signed in Nigeria in 1991. It created the African Economic Community and called for an African Central Bank to follow by 2028.
The Lagos Plan of Action for the Economic Development of Africa 1980 – 2000 calls on Organisation of African Union – now known as the African Union – member states to cooperate in the development and utilisation of regional, sub-regional and international training and research institutions.
Pohamba stressed that both Namibia and Togo are committed to the promotion and maintenance of international peace and security.
“Similarly, we both support international efforts aimed at finding peaceful solutions to conflict situations in all parts of the world,” he said.
On the African continent, Namibia supports the efforts of the African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to resolve the ongoing conflicts in countries such as Guinea Bissau, Mali, the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Madagascar and Somalia.
The Namibian Head of State explained that it is vital that lasting solutions are found to these conflicts in order to avoid further loss of lives and the suffering of innocent civilians, especially women and children.
This, he added, will also enable the affected countries to focus their energies and resources on social and economic development.
Pohamba made it clear that Namibia attaches great importance to the reform of the United Nations (UN) system, especially the UN Security Council, in order to make it more democratic and representative.
“We also attach great importance to sustainable development and the search for the best ways to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change,” the Head of State noted, adding that Namibia will continue to actively cooperate with the international community in addressing these important issues.
It is in this context that Namibia is seeking the support of the UN Member States to host the Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund in the capital.
If successful, this will provide an opportunity for a developing country to host such an important UN Agency.
According to Pohamba, Namibia stands ready to discharge its obligations related to hosting the Green Climate Fund Secretariat, and therefore expressed appreciation and gratitude to the Togolese President for that government’s support for Namibia’s bid, together with all other AU member states.
Six countries are vying to host the fund – Namibia, Germany, Mexico, Poland, South Korea and Switzerland.
The fund will provide simplified and improved access to climate change funding to developing countries, including direct access, basing its activities on a country-driven approach.
The decision on the host country is expected to be made later this year and presented for endorsement at the forthcoming climate change conference set for Doha, Qatar, in December.
Gnassingbe, who is in the country for a state visit, is expected to leave Namibia on Friday.