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Do not punish us, Schlettwein tells European parliamentarians

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Do not punish us, Schlettwein tells European parliamentarians

Finance minister Calle Schlettwein has urged members of the European Union not to punish Namibia for doing business with other countries such as China. Schlettwein said this when he answered a question by a European parliamentarian as to whether Namibia ever considers bringing in experts to train youth to address the skills' shortage which is also a cause of the country's high unemployment rate, during the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Windhoek yesterday. The European lawmakers wanted to know whether their countries are locked out of partnerships with Namibia, as the latter is doing more trade with Chinese than with European companies. “China gave us a possibility to get offers we can compare,” the minister said, adding that Namibia is very happy that it now has more than one trading partner. Schlettwein said it is very good for Namibia to compare offers, and take the best bids through an open bid strategy. He said China remains an important market, but so is Europe. “Allow ACP countries to partner with whom they want. Allow them to choose the best deals for themselves, rather than Europe choosing the best bids for these countries,” he stated.

Source: namibian.com.na