THE Inaugural Session of the Kenya-Namibia Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) opened 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,and co-chaired by the Namibian Permanent Secretary, Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation,Amb.Selma Ashipala-Musavyi.

Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma together with her counterpart from Namibia, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister Hon.Netumbo Nandi- Ndaitwa, graced the closing ceremony of the inaugural Joint Commission for Cooperation Ministerial segment, on 17th October 2018, at the intercontinental hotel Nairobi.

The General Agreement on Cooperation Framework between the two countries was signed by the Heads of State of Kenya and Namibia in June, 1992, and 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.

Amb. Monica Juma in her closing remarks hailed the existing bilateral relations between the two countries, which dates back to the days of liberation struggle by Namibians.

The Cabinet Secretary thanked the Namibian Deputy Prime Minister for accepting the invitation to participate in the historical Inaugural Session of the JCC, terming it a personal commitment to move the bilateral relations of the two countries forward. She said the climax of this cooperation will be witnessed during the high level engagements between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Namibian counterpart Dr.Hage Geingob, who will make a state visit to Kenya from 17th October, 2018.

Some of the issues of mutual interest to be  discussed during the Heads of States high level engagements and in line with the deliberations by the JCC working teams include; Foreign Affairs and Security, Economic and Trade Affairs, and Social Affairs and Culture.

The CS called on Namibia, being the current chair of SADC to push for the African Agenda 2063 at the international forum.

On her part the Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwa thanked the Kenya Government for supporting Namibia during the liberation struggle by offering material and financial support to the people of Namibia through the SWAPO movement. She called on the technical teams of the Joint Commission for Cooperation to come up with a clear mechanism for the implementation process.

The Deputy Prime Minister called on African Countries to trade amongst themselves for economic development, and urged the youth to be in the forefront by driving the African industrialization sector and the realization of African agenda 2063.She confirmed Namibia’s participation at the Blue Economy Conference to be held in Nairobi-Kenya in November 2018.