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The European Union wants to include new policy areas of cooperation with Namibia under the Global Gateway strategy.

The Global Gateway is part of EU's offer to its partners with investments to secure links in digital, and energy transport sectors as well as strengthen health, education and research systems across the world.

EU delegation Commissioners, Jutta Urpilainen for International Partnerships and Thierry Breton for Internal Market paid a courtesy call on President Hage Geringob at State House.

The high-level visit by the EU Commissioners follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between President Geingob and EU President Ursula von der Leyen last year.

The MoU established a strategic partnership between Namibia and the EU in support of their climate ambitions and in adding value to the local economies.

At the core is the production of Green Hydrogen to help Europe avert an energy crisis, caused by its dependency on fossil fuels and gas supplied by Russia.

Technical teams from Namibia and the EU are currently busy drafting a roadmap for the sustainable raw materials value chains, expected to be finalised by April this year.

The two parties are also expected to agree on activities to be undertaken under the scope of the Namibia-EU partnership deal.

Discussions at State House also centered around training and skills development, and Namibia's raw material and renewable hydrogen value chains.

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Blanche Goreses