Meeting between Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yamada and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia
October 6, 2018
On October 6, commencing at around 9:45 a.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Kenji Yamada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, met with Ambassador Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia, who visited Japan to attend the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Meeting. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
1. In opening statements, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yamada sincerely welcomed Ambassador Ashipala-Musavyi’s attendance at the TICAD Ministerial Meeting. He offered his congratulations on Namibia winning a ticket in August to take part in the 2019 Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan, and stated that Japan seeks to further invigorate exchanges through sports and culture with Namibia, while referring to the visit of the Namibian rugby team to Japan in 2019.
2. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yamada welcomed the accession of H.E. Dr. Hage G. Geingob, President of Namibia, to the Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), noting his hope that Namibia will play a constructive role in the SADC region. In addition, he noted that Japan will make every effort to help young people gain skills and know-how to groom strong industrial workforce in Africa under the African Business Education (ABE) Initiative.
3. In response Ambassador Ashipala-Musavyi expressed his appreciation for Japan’s assistance for developing human resources for industry in Africa and stated that Namibia will continue to make utmost efforts to further develop its human resources.
4. Ambassador Ashipala-Musavyi also noted that TICAD is an important meeting that has a major impact on the African region as a whole, and promised cooperation towards TICAD 7 next year.
5. In addition, the Ministers also exchanged views on their cooperation in the international arena in such areas as the North Korea situation including the abductions issue, United Nations Security Council reform and others.