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Namibia and Angola Strengthen Bilateral Ties at Inaugural Bi-National Commission

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Luanda, Angola – From May 16-19, 2024, a high-level Namibian delegation, including Dr. Audrin Mathe, Executive Director of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), is participating in the inaugural Angola-Namibia Bi-National Commission for Senior Officials. This event marks a significant step forward in the bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries, aiming to enhance cooperation across various sectors.

The Namibian delegation is keen to explore opportunities in Angola’s burgeoning satellite space industry. By leveraging Angola’s advancements in satellite technology, Namibia aims to significantly improve its mobile and television connectivity. This initiative is expected to bridge the digital divide, particularly in remote and underserved areas, ensuring that all Namibians have access to reliable communication services.

One of the key objectives of the MICT delegation is to discuss the harmonization of data roaming charges between the two countries. Currently, high data roaming costs are a barrier to seamless communication for travelers and businesses operating across the Namibia-Angola border. By working towards standardized and reduced roaming charges, both countries aim to facilitate easier and more affordable communication for their citizens and businesses, fostering economic growth and closer ties.

In addition to technological advancements, the MICT seeks to bolster existing cooperation in news exchange and content creation. The Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and the Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA) are set to deepen their collaboration with their Angolan counterparts. This enhanced partnership aims to ensure a more robust and diverse flow of information between the two nations, promoting mutual understanding and cultural exchange.

Dr. Audrin Mathe emphasized the importance of these discussions, stating, “This inaugural commission is a pivotal moment for Namibia and Angola. By working together, we can unlock new opportunities in the information and communication sector that will benefit our countries economically and culturally. We are committed to building a future where technology bridges gaps and enhances the quality of life for all our people.”

The Angola-Namibia Bi-National Commission for Senior Officials is expected to conclude with several agreements and memoranda of understanding that will lay the groundwork for future collaborations. Both nations are optimistic that this commission will set a precedent for continued and expanded cooperation, driving progress and development in the region.

As the commission progresses, it becomes increasingly evident that the partnership between Namibia and Angola is poised to grow stronger, with tangible benefits for both countries. The outcomes of these discussions will likely play a crucial role in shaping the future of bilateral relations, making this a historic event for both nations.

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