Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Evarist Bartolo held a virtual meeting with Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwa, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia on Tuesday.
The Namibian Deputy Prime Minister thanked Minister Bartolo and Malta for the recent donation of food supplies to Namibia that have been received very warmly by the people of Namibia.
The initiative was named ‘Solidarjeta’ Malta’, with food being sent to Namibia in order to address food shortage in afflicted countries, with the supplies provided feeding around half a million people in Namibia.
‘Solidarjeta’ Malta’ was described by the Prime Minister of Malta Robert Abela as an initiative that “yielded an opportunity for the long-term benefit of both countries”.
Apart from this, the ministers also recalled the very close political and educational links that the two countries have, particularly since the Republic of Namibia was granted independence from South Africa in 1990.
During the meeting, the two ministers also discussed the prospects for trade between the two countries, placing emphasis on how around 70 Maltese companies participated in an online webinar called ‘Doing Business with Namibia’ which was co-ordinated by Trade Malta last July.
As a result of this webinar, numerous Maltese companies have shown interest in trading and investing in Namibia, mainly when it comes to the blue economy and in the educational sector.
Additionally, both ministers expressed their commitment to future discussions with regards to trade and development between the two countries, in order to ensure that the relations continue to flourish.
During the meeting, Minister Bartolo was joined by Malta’s Permanent Representative to the African Union Ronald Micallef.