KINGSTON, Jamaica – Relations between the African nation Namibia and Jamaica are expected to be strengthened following the recent appointment of Professor Errol Morrison, director general, National Commission on Science and Technology, as Honorary Consul of Namibia in Jamaica.
Signalling the strengthening ties, Maureen Hinda, Namibia ’s deputy minister of International Relations and Cooperation, paid a working visit to Kingston from July 28-30, where she met with a number of Government ministers and private sector stakeholders.
At a cocktail reception hosted by Professor Morrison, Minister Hinda noted, “that as sports loving people, Namibians admire Jamaican athletes like Usain Bolt and always celebrate their victory as our victory. Today Namibia has around two medical students and about 12 athletes from Namibia training in Jamaica . It is Namibia’s determination to conclude agreements in sports, education, culture trade, and commercial cooperation to formalise and streamline cooperation”.
Minister Handa also stated that, “Namibia also plans to exchange more official visits between the two countries and encourage exchange of visits of students and sport stars. We also want to increase the number of Namibian sports students, hoping that the Jamaican tact and magic for gold medals will rub off as well and us to get gold medals too.”
Professor Morrison is due to visit Namibia to meet with its president and several government officials. While there he is expected to deliver lectures on ‘Science & Technology for development’, ‘Diabetes management’ and on ‘Biomechanical & Biochemical factors which aid athletic prowess in Jamaicans’.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arnaldo Brown in his official remarks stated: “Jamaica recognises the need to expand its reach and have a stronger presence in a continent (Africa), which is not only rich in natural and human resources, but has an abundant wealth of expertise, culture, and heritage.”
He also indicated that Jamaica and Namibia’s partnership, “will greatly aid both as small developing states, to cope with the economic and social challenges of a fast-paced globalised world”
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