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Indonesia Deepens Ties with Namibia, Pledges Broader Development Cooperation

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Indonesia has signaled its commitment to strengthening relations with African nations, particularly Namibia, by pledging to expand its development cooperation efforts in key sectors like agriculture, fisheries, and education. This move comes amidst growing interest in fostering closer economic and political ties between the two regions.

“Indonesia is ready to broaden the extent of fields covered by Indonesia-Namibia development cooperation,” declared Indonesian Ambassador to Namibia Wisnu Edi Pratignyo during a meeting with Namibian officials. “We believe collaboration in these areas can significantly contribute to the economic development and well-being of both countries.”

This announcement follows the successful hosting of the first Indonesia-Africa Forum in 2018, which aimed to strengthen partnerships and explore avenues for mutually beneficial cooperation. The upcoming second forum, scheduled for May 2024, further underscores Indonesia’s commitment to engaging with African nations on a deeper level.

Namibia, with its vast agricultural land and growing demand for food security, presents a fertile ground for Indonesian expertise. Indonesian officials have expressed their willingness to share knowledge and technology in areas like sustainable farming practices, irrigation systems, and crop diversification.

“Namibia welcomes Indonesia’s offer to collaborate in agriculture,” said Sabine Moller, Director of Bilateral Affairs at the Namibian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Our country faces challenges in improving agricultural productivity and food security. Indonesian expertise in these areas can be invaluable.”

While agriculture takes center stage, the scope of cooperation extends beyond this sector. Indonesia is also keen to explore partnerships in fisheries, leveraging its experience in managing sustainable fishing practices and developing aquaculture technologies. Additionally, educational exchange programs and capacity-building initiatives are envisioned to foster closer cultural and academic ties.

“We believe that a comprehensive approach encompassing various sectors is key to a successful partnership,” said George Fedha, Director of the World Food Program (WFP) in Namibia. “This collaboration can help address Namibia’s development challenges and create opportunities for both countries.”

Indonesia’s expanding development cooperation with Namibia aligns with its broader strategic goals of strengthening its presence in Africa and promoting South-South cooperation. This move also presents opportunities for Indonesian businesses to tap into new markets and investment opportunities in Namibia.

“This partnership holds immense potential for both Indonesia and Namibia,” concluded Ambassador Pratignyo.”