King Philippe, president Mbumba to intensify green hydrogen talks

King Philippe of Belgium arrived in Namibia for a state visit with president Nangolo Mbumba to advance the country’s green hydrogen ambitions and build an energy partnership against climate change.

The two presidents started the four-day visit with a meeting at the State House on Tuesday morning.

The meeting entails the signing of an agreement between the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism and the Lignaverda Reforestation Cooperation.

The King arrived late on Monday for the visit, which includes a stop at the hydrogen refuelling station to witness the filling of two dual-fuel trucks and a tour of the GH2 production area, dual-truck workshop and solar park in the Erongo region.

According to the presidency, Namibian exports to Belgium include copper, diamonds, precious metals and fruit and nuts between 2022 and 2023, valued at more than N$5 billion.

Namibian imports from Belgium include pharmaceutical products, mineral fuels and oil, and products of the milling industry, among others, valued at more than N$3 billion.

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