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Updated: August 31, 2009 22:05 IST

India-Namibia agree on a roadmap for the future

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India is ready to share its experience with Namibia as it implements its ambitious ‘Vision 2030’ policy document, says the Prime Minister. File Photo: PTI
India is ready to share its experience with Namibia as it implements its ambitious ‘Vision 2030’ policy document, says the Prime Minister. File Photo: PTI

India and Namibia on Monday set a roadmap for the future and decided to inject fresh dynamism in a wide field including human resource development, capacity building, and defence and information technology.

“We have decided to inject fresh dynamism in our cooperation in areas such as human resource development, capacity building, trade and economic exchanges, agriculture, transportation, defence, information technology, health, energy and mining,” the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said after discussion with the visiting Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba here.

Dr. Singh said he renewed India’s commitments to cooperate with Namibia in its economic, social, human and infrastructure development.

“I conveyed to the President that India stands ready to share its experience with Namibia as it implements its ambitious ‘Vision 2030’ policy document,” Dr. Singh told the media .

Important component

India’s partnership with Namibia, he said, was an important component of New Delhi’s desire to revitalise its historical and civilisational ties with Africa in keeping with the requirements of the twenty first century. The country would work with Namibia to implement the outcomes jointly arrived at the India-Africa Forum Summit held in Delhi during April last year. “I applaud his[President Pohamba’s] vision for strengthening India-Namibia friendship. Based on our discussions and identity of views on major regional and international issues, and the bilateral agreements that have been signed, I have no hesitation to say that his visit constitutes a new milestone in our longstanding relations,” Dr. Singh said.

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