India, Namibia sign two MoUs

India and Namibia have signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) during the final leg of President Pranab Mukherjee’s three-nation African visit.

These agreements were signed after a bilateral dialogue between President Mukherjee and his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob.

The two signed MoUs include

  • MoU on Capacity building for civil servants of Namibia.
  • Mou on setting up of centre of excellence in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Civil Nuclear Deal

  • Later in the delegation level talks, Namibia has invited Indian companies to directly mine Uranium from the country.
  • However, it has asked India to enter into similar nuclear agreements it has reached with other countries in order to convince the member-states of the African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty (ANWFZT) which is also known as Pelindaba treaty.

Comment

The Pelindaba treaty prohibits Namibia, fourth largest producer of uranium to implement nuclear agreement with India as it not the signatory of Nuclear Non Proliferation treaty (NPT). India and Namibia had signed an agreement on nuclear energy i.e. deal to supply Uranium for civil use in 2009.

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