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Remarks by H.E. Mr. Zhang Yiming in the Opening Ceremony of Beautiful Zhejiang(China) Photo Exhibition
(Namibia University Leisure Centre, 8:30-10:30a.m. 20 June 2018)

Respectable Prof. Lazarus Hangula, Vice Chancellor of UNAM,

Prof. Kenneth Matengu, Vice Chancellor of UNAM,

Dr. Sem Shikongo, Director of Tourism of Ministry of Environment and Tourism,

Mr. Ephraim Nekongo, SWAPO Party Youth League Secretary

Mr. Ju Zhaohui, Deputy Derector-General of Publicity Department of Zhejiang Province and other members of the Delegation,

Mr. Rodney Sikopo, Chairperson of Namibia China Alumni Association (NCAA) as well as other members of NCAA,

Professors, teachers, learners and media friends,

Good morning!

I am glad to attend the Opening Ceremony of Beautiful Zhejiang (China) Photo Exhibition in UNAM. The promotion video of Zhejiang Province is exciting and breathtaking. It is not only a reflection of the rapid development of all areas in Zhejiang, but also an epitome of the historic achievements of China since the beginning of reform and opening up.

First of all, I would like to extend my warm welcome and deep appreciation for the Zhejiang Delegation to travel so far to Namibia and bring us the photo exhibition, sharing the story of Chinese development with Namibian people. Meanwhile, I would also like to thank UNAM, the highest educational institution in Namibia for your strong support to this event and long-term contribution to promote the people and culture exchanges between China and Namibia. Also, I am willing to extend my gratitude to Confucius Institute in UNAM and NCAA for your devotion to this activity.

Located on the Eastern China, Zhejiang Province is a coastal region featuring by its beautiful scenery, and is one of the most developed and open provinces in China. The 2016 G20 Summit was held in Zhejiang's capital --- Hangzhou city, known as "paradise on earth". What' more, South Lake in Jiaxing city of Zhejiang province is a vital place which made profound effect on China's contemporary development and reform. It was the cradle of Chinese revolution struggle where the first national congress of the Communist Party of China was held. More importantly, it's also the birthplace of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. Today's photo exhibition consists of three parts, covering Zhejiang's Economic, Ecological and Cultural development respectively, while enjoying the beautiful scenery and unique local culture of the region, we could also understand how China has explored its own development path on the basis of its own situation, how China has resolved endless difficulties and realized great transformation and how China has persevered to make great strides toward national rejuvenation.

China and Namibia are all-weather strategic partners. Since the two countries share similar historical experiences and common development goals, we can learn from each other on state governance by strengthening various-level exchanges, continuously consolidating pragmatic cooperation in various fields so as to jointly build a China-Namibia community of shared future.

Zhejiang has a very close relationship with Namibia. The Chinese medical team now working at Katutura Hospital comes from Zhejiang. I sincerely hope that all Namibian friends, especially the youth, would pay more attention to Zhejiang, learn more about China and serve as ambassadors of good will for China-Namibia friendship. I also hope that more and more Namibian students could learn Chinese at the Confucius Institute and have the opportunity to study, work or travel around China in the future, enjoying the colorful natural and cultural landscapes of China, experiencing our time-honored history and diverse culture, and witnessing the considerable and earthshaking achievements China has made during the last few decades.

At last, I wish a big success to Beautiful Zhejiang (China) Photo Exhibition and wish the flourish and thriving of the China-Namibia friendship tree. I do believe China and Namibia relation will have a bright future. Thanks.

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