External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar met with Indian diamond business owners from Gujarat in Namibia, commending their significant contribution to the local economy. Jaishankar, who arrived in the capital city of Namibia following the conclusion of the BRICS Foreign Minister’s Summit in South Africa, engaged in several meetings with the country’s top leadership during his visit.
Expressing his appreciation, Jaishankar tweeted, “Good to see Indian diamond businesses from Gujarat active in Namibia. They are advancing our economic interests while building real friendships. The Namibian Government is appreciative of their contribution to the local economy.”
The meeting between Minister Jaishankar and the diamond traders took place after the conclusion of the Joint Commission Meeting with Namibian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
Highlighting the diverse partnership between India and Namibia, Jaishankar emphasized that the roadmap encompasses various sectors such as energy, infrastructure, food security, digital technology, capacity building, defense, and more.
He tweeted, “Pleased to conclude the 1st India-Namibia Joint Commission of cooperation and sign its minutes. The roadmap of our growing partnership covers the domains of energy, infrastructure, wildlife conservation, trade and investment, food security, digital, capacity building, health, defense, and arts, culture, heritage, and people-to-people linkages.”
During his visit, Jaishankar discussed advancing bilateral ties in areas including energy, green hydrogen, transport and connectivity, digital technology, pharmaceuticals, science and technology, and culture. He also expressed the alignment of perspectives on regional and global issues, which further enhances collaboration in international forums.
Additionally, the external affairs minister met with President Hage G. Geingob and conveyed personal greetings from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jaishankar expressed gratitude for the warm reception and appreciated President Geingob’s sentiments towards the bilateral relationship and vision for its future growth. He also briefed the president on the fruitful Joint Commission meeting and reiterated India’s commitment to deepening the partnership.
As part of his visit, Jaishankar visited the Namibian Independence Museum, describing it as a powerful reminder of a shared struggle and global solidarity among countries in the Global South.
Moreover, the minister participated in the inauguration of the India-Namibia Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (INCEIT) in Windhoek.
Highlighting its significance in partnering with Digital Africa and aligning with Namibia’s priorities, Jaishankar stated that the center would contribute to research, innovation, cybersecurity, and good governance. He expressed confidence in Namibia’s youth utilizing the platform to showcase their talent and creativity. The installation of the PARAM Super Computer, named ARUB (Cheetah), reaffirmed the enduring partnership between India and Namibia.