VIETNAM - NAMIBIA RELATIONS
- Diplomatic establishment date: March 21, 1990
In January 1975, South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) President Sam Nujoma visited Vietnam. In July 2002, President Sam Nujuma paid an official visit to Vietnam. In October 2002, State President Tran Duc Luong visited Namibia. Namibia’s Foreign Minister T.B Gurirab visited Vietnam in July 1997. In 2003, Namibian Minister of Fisheries visited Vietnam; and Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development attended Vietnam-Africa seminar. In August 2004, Namibian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Head of Namibian Parliament’s Committee for External Affairs, Defense-Security visited Vietnam.
Vietnam and Namibia have signed a framework agreement on economic, commercial, cultural, scientific and technological co-operation; a Trade Agreement and an Agreement on Investment Promotion and Protection; Protocol on Co-operation between the two countries’ Foreign Ministries and other co-operative agreements between the ministries of trade; agriculture and the chambers of commerce and industry of the two countries. At the request of Namibia, in 2003, Vietnam sent some experts to study agricultural and fishery potentials of Namibia.
During the visit of the Namibian President’s Special Envoy, Minister of Agriculture, Water Resource and Rural Development from August 5-10, 2004, Vietnam pledged to provide agricultural experts and technology transfer on vegetable, fruit production, farm process and irrigation; and train Namibian agricultural workers. The two sides have agreed to sign a letter requesting FAO to sponsor for Vietnam-Namibia-FAO tri-partite co-operation.
In September 2006, Vietnamese Minister of Fisheries Ta Quang Ngoc visited Namibia. The two sides agreed that Namibia would send two Namibian experts to Vietnam in order to study aqua-culture. Vietnam would send volunteer experts to Namibia to work for Kamutjonga Fishery Research Institute. The Namibian Minister of Fisheries and Sea Resources proposed a comprehensive and sustainable co-operation programme for Vietnam called Viet-Nam (Vietnam and Namibia) co-operation.
Vietnam and Namibia entertain friendly and co-operative relations mainly in the fields of politics and diplomacy; while the economic and commercial ties are just at initial stage. Vietnam exported goods worth US $25,000 to Namibia in 2004 and imported US $250,000-worth goods (almost cotton and metals).
The Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa is in charge of Namibia. The Namibian Embassy in China is in charge of Vietnam.
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