Hyderabad, March 12, 2022 : The India Africa Trade Councilorganized the India NamibiaSummit which was attended by the Business community in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.The President of Indian Economic Trade Organization Dr. Asif Iqbal welcomed the High Commissioner of Namibia to India HE Gabriel Sinimboand pledged the commitment of support between the two nations for a robust partnership.There is a huge interest in India for Namibian Diamonds, a country with great scope for bilateral trading opportunities in Skill Development, Affordable housing, Agriculture, Minerals and Gold. The Delegation from India headed by the then president Shri Pranab Mukherjee evinced lot of interest between the two nations.
The event was attended by the various diplomats, Industrialists and Businessmen from Telangana. Dr. Tasneem Shariff, Trade Commissioner who was presented her appointment by His Excellency Gabriel Sinimbospoke about accelerating India’s relationship with the Southern African region and its port proximity Walvis Bay for the various other nations around the region. There were various business delegations recently from South Indians states of Tamilnadu and Kerala. “As the trade office bridge between India and Namibia, I will explore all strategic opportunities between the two countries, I am thankful to the Indian High Commissioner in Namibia Shri. Prashant Agrawal IFS for giving virtual address to all our business houses in Telangana and this creates a sense of confidence and credibility for our trade mechanisms. I will work on requesting the Cheetahs and other wild cats from Namibia to be brought to the Hyderabad Zoo and work on the Diamond Park project that can enable students to learn Diamond trade and other related self reliant skill sets. Very soon our students will go to Namibia to learn the intrinsic details of Diamond sector” said Dr. Tasneem Shariff who will be driving these India Namibia trade relations in the state.
His Excellency Gabriel Sinimbo said global trade relations were essential and it was gratifying to see the development of trade relations between India and Namibia also appealed Telangana businessmen to invest in Namibia and said the role of Indian IT sector from the state was essential for economic development.
As a President of the organization, my goal is to build bilateral relations reach new heights between India and Namibia and our delegation few months back saw tremendous interest from the Indian side, Next delegation from Telangana will go in the month of May 2022” said Dr. Asif Iqbal who is looking to connect the companies for business in Namibia.Indian delegation will explore opportunities in areas of contractual farming, poultry industry, meat processing, Diamond trade and agricultural collaborationsand also identify other opportunities for building up a robust infrastructure needs of the country in the field of setting up Gold refinery.
There is a renewed interest on the event of 75th Anniversary, Our bilateral trade has grown immensely with Namibia especially after Pandemic and is a very good sign. Real volume of trade is much higher than official figures because lot of trade through South Africa. Strong business delegation visited Namibia just few months ago and the High commission is always ready to help and support the Telangana business delegation” said the High Commissioner of India in Namibia, His Excellency Shri Prashant Agrawal, IFS.
The High Commissioner also inaugurated the office of India Namibia Trade Forum(INTF) with all other dignitaries and expressed interest in supporting the various MOUs signed during the event in Hyderabad.