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The first bilateral political consultations held in Namibia

Created: 2019.09.23 / Updated: 2020.08.14 18:38
      The first bilateral political consultations held in Namibia
      The first bilateral political consultations held in Namibia

      On 20 September 2019, the first bilateral political consultation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania and the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia were held in Windhoek. The main issues discussed were ways to strengthen political and economic relations and boost trade and investment between the two countries.

      Both sides agreed to focus particularly on development of economic relations between Lithuania and Namibia. Ms Diana Mickevičienė, Director of the Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, who was heading the Lithuanian delegation, urged Namibia to consider the visa waiver for citizens of the Republic of Lithuania traveling to Namibia for purposes of tourism and business as this would open up opportunities for more intensive business, tourism and academic exchanges.

      H.E. Ambassador Ms Morina Muuondjo, director of the Bilateral Affairs and Cooperation Department at the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation and head of the Namibian delegation highlighted that the top priority of the Namibian government is to boost the economic growth and make the country a regional logistics hub. She invited Lithuanian companies to invest in private and public projects aimed at revitalizing the country's economy. The Namibian delegation emphasized the need to look for opportunities to develop bilateral cooperation in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Namibia was also keen to discuss the possibilities of importing fertilizers from Lithuania in order to develop its agricultural sector in challenging climatic conditions.

      The Lithuanian delegation also met with representatives of the Namibian Investment Center, who presented the country's investment climate and government reforms aimed at attracting foreign investors. Lithuania's achievements in such fields as digital economy, life sciences, renewable energy were presented.

      Trade volumes between Lithuania and Namibia are modest. In 2018, bilateral trade stood at 2,16 mln. Euro, with Lithuanian exports amounting to 1,98 mln. Euro.

      Lithuania and Namibia established diplomatic relations on 22 December 2005. In 2016, Lithuania accredited H.E. Ambassador Ms Sigutė Jakštonytė to Namibia.

      On 14 September 2019, Namibia opened its Honorary Consulate headed by a Lithuanian businessman Mr Vismantas Raškinis in Kaunas.

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