Namibia and Russia boast an excellent relationship in many areas including political and diplomatic interaction, trade and economic cooperation, cultural ties and people-to-people contacts.
This was the view of Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maureen Hinda, during the late celebration of the National Day of Russia at a local hotel in Windhoek yesterday.
Russian Ambassador Alexander Khudin hosted a grand reception to mark the national day of his country at the Windhoek hotel.
Hinda said that during the upcoming Russia/Namibia Inter-governmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation due to take place later this year, the Namibian government will have the opportunity to review and strengthen bilateral cooperation in various areas such as trade and investment, agriculture, fisheries, mining, energy, health, transport and aviation, culture, legal matters and tourism.
Hinda said the timeous session will also provide an opportunity to identify new areas of cooperation and further realise the potential that exists between the two countries.
“I say timeous as I believe that we can consider specific areas of focus as guided by the visionary Harambee Prosperity Plan,” she said.
On his part, Ambassador Khudin said Russia is proud of its ties with Namibia that date back decades to the time of Namibia’s struggle for independence.
“The position of our countries on many international issues is close or coincide,” he said, adding that both countries’ cooperation in various areas is growing steadily, while in others more should be done to achieve the level needed to effectively implement development plans.
“There’s always room for improvement,” he stressed.
The celebration was attended by members of parliament, representatives of private institutions, members of the diplomatic corps, business people, cultural figures and artists and members of the Russian community in Namibia.
June 12 is celebrated as Russia Day, it being one of Russia’s youngest holidays, having only been instituted since 1992.
The day celebrates the establishing of Russia as an independent country after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, officially recognizing the day when the Declaration of the Sovereignty of the Russian Federation was signed.