The Philippines has a lot to offer to the government of Namibia when it comes to developing its agricultural sector, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said Thursday, expressing interest to strengthen partnership with the African country.
Marcos made the remark when Namibia Non-Resident Ambassador to the Philippines Herman Pule Diamonds presented his credentials to the President at Malacañang.
Marcos said like Namibia, the Philippines also has its own rice institute and educational institutions that are doing research on agriculture and agriculture development.
“So, there is a great deal of knowledge,” Marcos was quoted in a press release issued Friday.
“We take pride in the fact that many of the agriculturists and agronomists around Southeast Asia trained with us and we can claim credit for some of the success that they are enjoying now. So, I think that is something that we could certainly look into,” he added.
Diamonds, for his part, told Marcos that Namibia is also interested in developing the cooperation between the two countries in terms of trade and investment.
Diamonds said the government of Namibia is also considering having intensified technical cooperation with the Philippines. He said there are some technological advancements in the Philippines that they still do not have in Namibia.
“So, my task is to see how we can perhaps, maybe turn this around and make most space for us to cooperate [in terms of] trade and investment. So, this is the reason why we are here … So, I was the one saying look here we have to diversify. And that is precisely what I’m looking at coming,” Diamonds said.
“So, we are mostly in those areas. We also have the same challenges. As the Philippines [there are] technologies, which we do not have. So, this is also an area where we can see technical cooperation,” he added.
Source : GMA News Network