· Namibia and China have agreed to strengthen bilateral relations in agriculture.

· The duos recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create value addition of agricultural products.

· The agreement is on grounds of the second phase of a South-South Cooperation (SSC).

According to Namibia’s agricultural minister John Mutorwa, the phase two of the SSC project allows for private sector participation in order to speed up the achievement of agriculture development and food security goals of the country.

“We highly welcome the participation of the private sector as it will accelerate the implementation of Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy and PPP law in Namibia and fast-track the achievement of our agriculture development and food security goals that are stipulated in our national high-level policy documents,” he said.

He encouraged business people from both Namibia and China to explore business opportunities presented by the SSC phase 2 by forging a partnership.

“The excellent bilateral relations that exist between our two countries have created and continued to create a conducive environment for our two governments and people to enter into a number of agreements amongst others,” he said.

Speaking about the project, the Vice-minister of Agriculture of China, Qu Dongyu, said that the second phase of SSC projects will be of great advantage to many business people and Namibians in the agricultural sector.

“There is still a lot of areas that need to be looked in and I am sure that starting from today business people will start to explore in projects for their own benefit and for the country’s economy too,” he said.