Rice for drought relief to land by mid-December
The Chinese Charge d’Affaires, Wu Wei announced that the first 500 tons of the rice pledge donation will be in the country by mid December. He said this during an event held in Windhoek, where the Chinese Embassy also donated N$610,000 towards the Namibia National Disaster Emergency fund. The rice will be the first batch of the 4000 tons that was promised to the country by China following the finalized documentation between China and the Ministry of International Relations on the pledge.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah was at hand to receive the donation from the Embassy. Nandi-Ndaitwah said the donation by China is yet another reaffirmation of thriving friendship relations, solidarity and cooperation between the two countries.“We are confident that this donation will go a long way in assisting and will bring relief to the most needy and vulnerable communities affected by the severe drought,” she said. She added that the donation will be used in the best interests of the people, by purchasing the essentials that will be distributed to those that are in dire need of drought relief, especially in the rural areas. Meanwhile, Wu said the donation towards the country was a token to show appreciation and solidarity with Namibia in their efforts to fight against the ongoing drought. “The Chinese government will continue to help Namibia to improve its capacity-building against natural disasters and we are willing to share experiences and render any necessary support to improve peoples livelihoods,” he added.