At the signing ceremony, the Governor of the Khomas Region, Hon. Laura McLaud-Katjirua and the Governor of the Jiangsu Province in China, Hon. Li Xueyong concluded an official agreement that had started with preparatory talks in 2012 and progressed to a memorandum of understanding, signed in June 2013.
The historic agreement aims to promote mutual understanding and to consolidate friendly cooperation between the local region and the Chinese province.
Speaking at the occasion, Hon. Li Xueyong said the signing of the twinning agreement between Jiangsu Province and the Khomas Region lays a solid foundation for future cooperation that will also encourage competitive investments that will benefit the two sides.
Xueyong further said despite the long distance the friendship between the two parties has gone from strength to strength over the the past two years. Commenting on the twinning agreement, he said their relationship keeps improving and it has excelled to new heights.
Through the twinning agreement, the two sides agreed to promote friendly people-to-people contacts on economic and trade cooperation as well as to strengthen their exchange programmes in areas of education, training, health, culture, sports and technology. Xueyong said that focus on the youth is vital. He encouraged Namibian youth to have interaction with and promote exchange programmes between the schools as well as to encourage internships between the two parties.
He said the two regions should maintain frequent updates, inviting Hon. McLaud-Katjirua to visit Jiangsu Province later in the year.
McLaud-Katjirua echoed the same sentiments and commended the Jiangsu Province on their willingness to sign the agreement which signifies and manifests the official approval, political will and pledge of determined support of the two governments to the twinning agreement.
McLaud-Katjirua reassured the delegation from Jiangsu Province that her region is committed to uphold, protect and promote the intended cooperation for the benefit of the people of the two regions.
The occasion was sealed by the signing of the agreement as well as the exchange of gifts by both parties.