Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said on Thursday that Namibia attaches great importance to its relations with the European Union (EU) hence its committed to fully partake in the Cotonou Agreement.Nandi-Ndaitwah, who doubles as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation said during the opening of a political dialogue with the EU in Windhoek.
The dialogue is in compliance with Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement that provides for regular comprehensive dialogue leading to commitments on both sides.
She said the meeting seek to facilitate in depth exchange of views on EU-Namibia relations as well as issues of common concern on the global agenda.
“I am delighted to have this opportunity to exchange views with you in the spirit of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement that continues to be an excellent umbrella framework for promoting mutually beneficial relations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and the European Union. The agenda items before us are a clear reflection of the importance we all attach to the EU – Namibia relations and cooperation.
“Namibia remains committed to the future of the post 2020 Cotonou Agreement,” Nandi-Ndaitwah, said, adding that the agreement continues to be an excellent umbrella framework for promoting mutually beneficial relations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the European Union.
She adds that: “Namibia attaches great importance to its relations with the EU. As such we are looking forward to participate in the African Union – European Union Summit scheduled to take place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in November 2017”.
The 20 year ACP-EU Partnership Agreement that was signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000 has been the framework for EU’s relations with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.