THE inaugural session of the Kenya-Namibia Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC), kicked off in Nairobi on 15th October, 2018.
The first day segment was for Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), and was inaugurated by the Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary, Amb.Macharia Kamau.The SOM Meeting precedes the Ministerial segment which is scheduled for Wednesday 17th October, 2018.
Kenya and Namibia signed a General Agreement on Cooperation Framework in June 1992, which established the Kenya – Namibia JCC, with the inaugural session taking place in Nairobi. The cooperation has seen several MOUs being signed between the two countries, while several others are due for consideration.
The JCC aims at further strengthening the existing bilateral relations and increasing opportunities for cooperation between the two countries, in the areas of Trade, Agriculture, Education, Defense, Health, Youth and Tourism.
Foreign Affairs P.S Amb Macharia Kamau was joined by his counterpart from Namibia, Amb. Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, Permanent Secretary for International relations, who co-chaired the SOM session.
In his opening remarks Amb.Kamau called on the delegates to break new grounds and identify key sectors with potential for collaboration, while leveraging on comparative advantages of the individual Country for the benefit of the citizens of the two countries. He emphasized on the need to focus on essential tenets of agreements and introduction of action plans with clear timelines to enable full and quick implementation. The PS said the two countries have had an active framework of cooperation in the field of health, with exchange of medical students and health workers taking place between the two countries.
On her part, Amb Musavyi said Kenya and Namibia have for decades enjoyed a special bond of friendship, fraternity and solidarity. She said Kenya stood by Namibians during their long and difficult years of liberation struggle under the former liberation movement. “It is this rich history that laid the strong foundation of the diplomatic relations and bilateral cooperation between our two countries,” said Amb.Musavyi.She said that the JCC was not only strengthening the bilateral relations but a concrete step towards the achievement of the shared goals and aspirations.