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New Delhi, 27 March 2017: Welcoming a six-member delegation from Namibia led by Hon'ble Prof. Peter H. Katjavivi, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Parliament of Namibia in Parliament House today, Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan said that India and Namibia have enjoyed close links. She emphasized that the bilateral relationship should be further boosted by promoting engagements in tourism, educational exchanges and cultural events. Observing that the recent State visit of the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee to Namibia in June 2016 was a milestone in the bilateral relations, Smt. Mahajan noted that India and Namibia enjoy close cooperation at the international fora, especially in the Commonwealth and the UN. Smt. Mahajan was happy to note that the high level exchanges between the two Parliaments are receiving a renewed momentum with the ongoing visit of the Namibian delegation and hoped that as fellow democracies, regular dialogue and exchanges between the parliamentarians and legislators would further strengthen historical bonds and ties. She assured that Indian Parliament would be pleased to assist Namibia with capacity building of its Parliamentary officials and Members of Parliament. The Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training (BPST) of India conducts regular training programmes for Parliamentary staff from various countries, and would be happy to receive Namibian officials for these programmes. Apart from the regular courses, BPST could also organize special courses as per the need /requirement of various countries, she told the Namibian Delegation, she added. Smt. Mahajan mentioned that India is very impressed with the policies put in place by the Namibian Parliament to ensure gender balance in the Parliament and in the Government structures. She was happy to note that Namibia has a ‘zebra’ system under which equal representation to women is given in top party and government posts. In his response, Prof. Peter H.Katjavivi, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Parliament of Namibia thanked Lok Sabha Speaker for the excellent hospitality extended to his delegation. He hoped that Indo-Namibian relationship would touch new heights in times to come.



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