WINDHOEK: A group of 13 engineers and quantity surveyors from Zimbabwe paid a courtesy call on President Hifikepunye Pohamba at State House on Thursday.
This team of experts arrived here earlier this month on request by the Namibian Government, particularly the Ministry of Works and Transport.
Introducing the team of experts to Pohamba, Zimbabwean Ambassador to Namibia Chipo Zindoga said this was the first group of experts to arrive and another group of 17 Zimbabwean experts will arrive here on 10 September this year.
She said that their coming to Namibia is in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Harare in May 2012.
Zindonga expressed gratitude to Pohamba and Minister of Works, Transport and Communication Erkki Nghimtina for the warm welcome and hospitality that the group has received from the Namibian Government.
She noted that there are a number of Zimbabweans already working in the agriculture, health, education, and judicial sectors, among others, in Namibia.
The Zimbabwean diploma said her country appreciates the support that it has received from Namibia in its quest for political and economic independence.
She said Namibia contributed about N.dollars 330 717 000 (US$ 40 million) for the Hwange Thermal Power Station in 2008 when most countries did not want to be associated with Zimbabwe, adding that this is a win-win situation and that the collaboration is now emulated by a lot of countries.
Zindonga said Namibia is also continuing its support to Zimbabwe on the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS).
The KPCS is the process established in 2003 to prevent ‘conflict diamonds’ from entering the mainstream rough diamond market.
On his part, the Namibian Head of State said he feels extremely happy in welcoming his ‘sisters and brothers’ to Namibia.
Pohamba said the relationship between Namibia and Zimbabwe started in 1961 in Tanzania, when both countries had the responsibility of liberating southern Africa.
He stated that although Namibia established the University of Namibia (Unam) and started producing graduates, Namibia still lags behind in terms of skills, noting that his government has the will to bring about development to this country, but Namibia does not have the skills.