There is potential for Namibia and Cyprus to cooperate, pledges country’s new High Commissioner

There is potential for Namibia and Cyprus to cooperate in the areas of service sector, tourism and agriculture, said the country’s new High Commissioner, Andreas B.D. Guibeb, presenting his credentials to Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.

During a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, the new high Commissioner, stationed in Berlin, said the two countries bilateral relations can be enhanced and strengthened. It is therefore, imperative that our two governments need to continuously engage in order to create a conducive environment for our countries, he remarked.

Guibeb said our two countries diplomatic relations have been marked by strong political ties for mutually beneficial cooperation, reliable and trustworthy dialogue within the framework of multilateral diplomacy. Namibia and Cyprus will continue to work closely in international forums such as the Commonwealth and United Nations for the benefit of our two countries and the world at large.

He further pledged to work closely with the Government and the people of Cyprus with a view to deepen and strengthen our cooperation and accelerate the people to people contact.

There are some similarities between our two countries. The most distinct is our population size and our countries unique natural beauty. Therefore, there is potential for our two countries to cooperate in the areas of service sector, tourism and agriculture.

Receiving the credentials, President Anastasiades expressed the readiness of the Government to further strengthen existing, friendly bilateral relations.

He said Cyprus is committed to working with Namibia, in effectively dealing with current global challenges, such as climate change, migration, terrorism, and in upholding human rights and international law, noting that the EU-Africa partnership, offers an important framework in which we can also work together in order to promote common goals.

The President reminded that his most important political aim has always been, and will continue to be, to reach a viable, functional and comprehensive settlement, one that will safeguard an independent foreign policy, committed to European democratic values. The present status quo is not a sustainable option, he remarked.

The President also said that following the severe economic crisis of 2013, Cyprus has achieved a return to positive growth rates since 2015. We currently enjoy a growth rate of around 3.8%, one of the highest in the EU, while macroeconomic forecasts project a robust growth of more than 3% in the years to come, he added.

Our plan, he added, is to remain focused on maintaining and broadening the conditions under which surpluses and high growth rates can be generated, to continue promoting structural reforms and improving the country’s business environment.

Source: Cyprus News Agency