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Nigeria, Namibia To Partner in Construction of Oil Refinery

The federal government of Nigeria and the Republic of Namibia have proposed to construct a joint oil refinery to maximise cooperation in the area of energy. The decision was reached following the invitation to President Goodluck Jonathan  by  his counterpart, President Hifikepunye Pohamba.

The joint communiqué issued on the visit stated that the refinery, which would be located in Walvis Bay, would be financed privately.

The two leaders called on the private sector of both countries to work toward a quick realisation of the joint oil refinery.

They commended the hosting of a business forum between the private sector stakeholders of both countries on the margin of the state visit.

The leaders urged their respective stakeholders in the  private sector take the full advantage of the abundant business opportunities, to optimise trade and commerce between the two countries.

Meanwhile, the federal government has agreed to train Namibian diplomats at the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy.

The federal government also agreed to provide volunteer health professionals to Namibia under the Technical Aid Corps (TAC) Scheme.

The agreements were among the 11 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) signed by both countries to broaden and deepen bilateral cooperation.
Others are: Agreement on Youth Development, Bilateral Air Service Agreement and Agreement on Waiver of visa requirements for citizens holding diplomatic and official passports and Extradition Treaty.

They also sign cooperation in the legal field, Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in criminal matters and in the field of geology, mining, mineral processing and metallurgy.

The others are trade, investment and economic cooperation and on cooperation in the field of tourism.

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