Describing Namibia a beacon of hope and motivation, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said India will provide “any assistance” that the country may require in improving its socio-economic objectives.
Addressing the Joint Session Parliament of Namibia today, Mukherjee, who is first Indian Head of State to visit the country since 1995, said India would also be happy to partner with Namibia in the implementation of “Vision 2030” through inclusive development and capacity building.
“Both our nations seek to address complex governance issues in our own ways. But it will be through empowerment of the disempowered – and by ensuring that in the ‘Harambee house’, no section is excluded, that we will succeed,” he said.
Recalling strong ties between Namibia and India, Mukherjee said his visit takes place at a time of excellent bilateral relations between the two countries.
“India believed that her own independence was incomplete so long as her brethren in Africa continued to suffer oppression by foreign masters. India was proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the leaders and people of Namibia in their liberation struggle,” he said.
Mukherjee said India-Namibia relationship has been built on the firm foundation of mutual trust and understanding.
“Our two nations are bound by our common experience of colonial rule and the struggle of our people for freedom,” he said.
The President said the first-ever SWAPO (South-West Africa People’s Organisation) Embassy abroad was established in New Delhi in 1986 and it was this move by India that started the chain of diplomatic recognition by other countries and the inevitability of Namibia’s independence.
Mukherjee said it is the people of Namibia, their unity and their efforts that have made Namibia what it is today: a
beacon of hope and motivation, not only on the African continent but in the world.
“It is a bright spot in the realm of democracy and rule of law; a nation progressing rapidly on the path of development and contributing to peace and stability in Africa and beyond,” he said.
“We appreciate the vision of President (Hage) Geingob in introducing the ‘Harambee Prosperity Plan’. India stands ready to extend any assistance that Namibia may require for achieving the ‘Harambee Prosperity Plan’s socio-economic objectives. India would also be happy to partner with Namibia in the implementation of ‘Vision 2030’ through inclusive development and capacity building,” he said.