Zambia, Namibia sign youth, sports MOU
Lusaka, February 22, ZANIS —The Zambian and Namibian governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening, enhancing and assisting towards the development of the youth and sport sectors in the two countries.
Foreign Affairs Minister Effron Lungu signed on behalf of Zambia while his Namibian counterpart Netumbo Ndaitwah signed on behalf of her country.
The signing ceremony took place when Mr. Lungu officially closed the ninth session of the Zambia-Namibia Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPC) at Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC) in Lusaka.
Mr. Lungu noted that youth and sports was an important sector to the two countries.
He observed that this was because young people constitute the most active segment of the population while sport was an important tool for fostering people to people cooperation.
He further said the signing of the MoU will deepen the cooperation in the youth and sport affairs between the two countries.
Mr. Lungu has since requested relevant sectors to start implementing the provisions of the MoU which he said has showed commitment that Zambia and Namibia have to continue enhancing and consolidating their bilateral relations.
He stressed that the MoU was vital because it was for the mutual benefit of the two countries and their peoples.
Meanwhile, Namibian Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Ndaitwah said the Zambian and Namibian governments should redouble their efforts towards promoting closer cooperation.
Ms. Ndaitwah pointed out that the two countries have reached a point of no return in resolving to reinvigorate their cooperation.
She added that there should be no doubt of going forward with determination to make a difference to the bilateral relations between the two countries and their peoples.
The Namibian Foreign Affairs Minister stressed that time had come for the two countries to turn their cooperation into potent instruments of development so as to fulfil the expectations of the people.
Ms. Ndaitwah said with natural resources at the two countries’ disposal and human capital, there should be no reason why Zambian and Namibian people should remain in poverty.
The 10th session of the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation will be held in Namibia in 2015 on a date to be mutually agreed upon.