On February 8th2017, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry organized a farewell and debriefing meeting for 15 Chinese agriculture experts, who had participated in the Tripartite Cooperation project between the Namibian Government, the Chinese Government and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Mr. Li Nan, the Charge d'affaires a. i. of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to Namibia, and Dr. Babagana Ahmadu, FAO Resident Representativein Namibia were invited. Hon. John Mutorwa, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Hon. Anna Shiweda, Deputy Minister, and Mr. Percy Misika, P.S. of that Ministry attended the event.
Mr. Li said that China-Namibia agriculture cooperation has a long history and bears fruitful results. Under the new model of tripartite Cooperation, the 15 Chinese agriculture experts have successfully fulfilled their noble mission. He congratulated the successful conclusion of the first phase of the project and hoped that China-Namibia agriculture cooperation will reach a new level under the frame of implementing the results of FOCAC summit. Li extended his gratitude to the experts for their excellent job and appreciation to the Namibian Government and FAO for their contribution to this project.
Dr. Ahmadu said that the successful implementation of the project in Namibia has set up a milestone. He pointed out that the Tripartite Cooperation under the South-South Cooperation was widely accepted by the developing countries for its high efficiency and vigorous creativity. Under the background of severe drought and food shortage in Namibia, the project played a significantrole. He hoped that the project can continue to consolidate the results with the help of the Chinese and Namibian governments.
Hon. Mutorwa praised China's help and support to Namibia in various fields and appreciated the Chinese agriculture experts for their contribution. He said, through this project, the Chinese experts introduced 15 rice varieties; 455 Namibian farmers and officials were trained; High-yielding fox-tail-millet and related machines were introduced, which improvedfarming efficiency. He said that the Chinese experts had taught the Namibians how to fish, not only to give fishes. Mutorwa emphasized that Namibian agriculture had great potential, but it needed the help of the Chinese Government to achieve its goals. Mutorwa formally asked Chinese Government to continue her support to the second phase of the project.
Deputy minister Hon. Shiweda granted the certificates and gifts to the 15 Chinese agriculture experts with a group photo.
Xinhua News Agency, Nampa, NBC, Namibian, New Era, etc. all reported the meeting.