PH, Namibia seek agri, tech, trade links

Philippine Tribune
Philippine Tribune

The Philippines and Namibia are exploring more comprehensive bilateral ties as their heads of state agreed to enhance common areas of cooperation such as agriculture, technology, and trade and industry.

PH-NAMIBIA TIES — President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. welcomes Namibia Non-Resident Ambassador to the Philippines Herman Pule Diamonds in Malacañan on Oct. 5, 2023. (KJ Rosales/PPA Pool)

This developed as President Marcos accepted the credentials of Namibia’s Ambassador to the Philippines Herman Pule Diamonds in Malacañan on Oct. 5.

During their meeting, all that was left for the two countries was to explore those commonalities.

“What is left to us now is for us to find those complementarities— those areas that we can help each other,” he said.

Marcos said the Philippines has a “great deal of knowledge” it could offer Namibia, particularly in developing its agriculture sector since the International Rice Research Institute is located in the country.

“We take pride in the fact that many of the agriculturists and agronomists around Southeast Asia trained with us, and we can claim credit for some of the success that they are enjoying now,” he said.

“So, I think that is something that we could certainly look into,” he added.

For his part, Diamonds, a non-resident ambassador currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, told Marcos that they are interested in further developing the cooperation between the Philippines and Namibia regarding trade and investment.

The Namibian envoy said they were also considering having intensified technical cooperation with the Philippines, as the latter has some technological advances they do not yet have in their country.

“So, my task is to see how we can perhaps, maybe turn this around and make most space for us to cooperate [in terms of] trade and investment,” Diamonds said.

“As the Philippines [there are] technologies, which we do not have. So, this is also an area where we can see technical cooperation,” he added.

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