A declaration of intent and a memorandum of understanding to galvanize Franco-Namibian cultural cooperation.
On June 2nd, the Namibian and French governments signed a declaration of intent to strengthen and boost their cultural cooperation, embodied in Namibia by the Franco-Namibian Cultural Center (FNCC). During the ceremony, a memorandum of understanding – the first in 17 years – was also signed between the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and ensures a financial contribution from the ministry for the next five years.
- H.E. Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni, Ambassador of France to Namibia and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture’s Permanent Secretary, Sanet Steenkamp, at the signing ceremony.
The declaration of intent, aimed at intensifying cultural cooperation between France and Namibia, was originally due to be signed in Paris during the official visit of the President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob, in November 2016. H.E. Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni nevertheless welcomed that this signing ceremony could take place in the Land of the Braves, where cultural cooperation between the two countries began 26 years ago.
In addition, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, signed the memorandum of understanding with the Ambassador and in the presence of FNCC board members. According to the MoU, the Namibian government will provide the Center with a significant financial support, thus offering the cultural partnership between France and Namibia a sustainable and dynamic future. 26 years after the creation of the FNCC, the key operator of cultural and linguistic cooperation between our two countries, the signature of this document marks a renewal of the common will to strengthen and diversify our bilateral relationship.