The Zimbabwe – Namibia 8th Joint Permanent Commission has ended in Harare this Wednesday with agreements on the signing of three memoranda of understanding to enhance cooperation in the areas of health, sport and culture and women empowerment.

In a joint communiqué read by the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Joey Bimha at the closing of the joint commission, the two countries stressed the importance of implementing the agreed positions to improve lives of ordinary people of Zimbabwe and Namibia.

The two sides also agreed on boosting trade exchanges where export of fresh fruits and vegetables by Zimbabwe to Namibia will take place and Namibia is expected to send a delegation to inspect Zimbabwean facilities to be dedicated to the exports.

The joint commission has also encouraged the customs authorities of the two countries to conclude the negotiations and agreements aimed at the implementation of the preferential trade agreement.

In the area of agriculture, Zimbabwe is expected to dispatch a veterinary delegation to Namibia by 30 June to inspect Namibian facilities from which Namibia plans to process beef exports to Zimbabwe.

In the mining sector, the two countries are expected to conclude the memorandum of understanding on geology, mining and metallurgy by April 2018.

Concerning the training of Namibians at the Zimbabwe School of Mines, Namibia will undertake a market assessment to determine the skills gap in that industry before resuming the programme.

Zimbabwe took the opportunity to thank Namibia for assistance in the diamond mining industry when it had a position in the Kimberly Process.

The 8th Joint Permanent Commission coincided with the state visit to Zimbabwe by the head of the south west African country, Dr Hage Geingob.