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Monday, March 19, 2012 - 6.03 GMT
Namibia wants SL’s apparel expertise


Namibia is keen to leverage Sri Lanka ’s apparel and rice cultivation successes. “We are now starting to develop our apparel sector and the rice farming sector. We are eager for tech and know-how support from Sri Lanka given the country’s successes in them” said Samuel K. Mbambo, new High Commissioner of the Republic of Namibia in Colombo.

The High Commissioner made these comments when he called on Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen in Colombo on 13th March.

According to the Department of Commerce of Sri Lanka , the value of total trade between the two countries at US $ 0.07Mn in 2006, and increased to US $ 0.08 million in 2010. The balance of trade has been in favor of Sri Lanka except in 2006 & 2010. The $ 12 B economy is projected to grow 4.4% in 2011. Tea and live fish are Sri Lanka ’s main export items to Namibia.

We can assist Namibia to gain the essential skills in apparels and paddy cultivation. We believe that Namibia can also leverage our apparel know-how and we are ready to assist in this regard too, said Minister Bathiudeen. We are also keen to tap Namibia ’s mining know-how. I am pleased to observe that Namibia encouraging its rare metal exports in raw form, the Minister further said.

Namibian economy is structured mainly on mining which is about 25% of our revenues. The industries and farming sector, which are the next important sectors, needs to be upgraded and expanded. We are looking for international expertise apparels and rice farming to diversify these sectors. We believe Sri Lanka can help us in this” the High Commissioner said.





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