Look East…The Speaker of the Namibian National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi, is in China attending the meeting of the Presiding Officers of Parliament. The visit is a consolidation of the existing excellent bilateral relationship between the parliaments of Namibia and China. “Both countries have since Namibia’s independence maintained healthy bilateral relations and achieved commendable results in various areas of cooperation such as politics, economy, trade, culture, education, infrastructure development, science and technology, public health and information exchanges,’’ Katjavivi said during the meeting of the Presiding Officers of Parliament that was held at the Great Hall of the People on August 29. China’s Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Zhang Dejiang, the convenor of the meeting, urged the “legislators [to] continue to create favourable conditions for the enhanced relationship between the two countries.” The Namibian delegation is expected to visit among others, the Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou Youi Foods Company, Shanghai Electric Desalination Engineering Technology Company, China Executive Leadership Academy of Pudong (CELAP), Waigaoqiao Electric Power Plant of Synergy Group and also meet with chairpersons of various standing committees before the conclusion of the visit on Friday, September 2. Swapo Chief Whip Evelyn Nawases-Taeyele is accompanying Katjavivi. National People’s Congress is the national legislature of the People’s Republic of China and with 2 936 MPs is the largest parliamentary body in the world. In the photo are Dejiang (left) and Katjavivi.
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