Foreign Affairs Ministry Receives P26 Million Equipment

| May 25, 2015

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi says the video conferencing equipment would help her ministry to facilitate improved communication between the ministry headquarters and its missions.

Speaking at the handing over of the equipment from the Chinese Ambassador to Botswana, Mr Zheng Zhuqiang worth P26 million in Gaborone on Thursday May 21, Dr Venson-Moitoi said adoption of the technology would also ensure that they remained relevant in today’s ever changing world of technology.

She said the equipment had already been installed at the ministry, some of which were earmarked for ten of their Diplomatic Mission. She indicated that the equipment that had been installed in Pretoria, South Africa was used to test the machines during the handing over ceremony.

Minister Venson-Moitoi said the donation followed the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement entered into between the two governments last September which also cemented the two countries’ excellent and fruitful cooperation since its establishment of diplomatic relation in 1975.

She said the fruitful cooperation covered areas of education, health, trade, human resource development and cultural exchanges among others.

Again, she said last year, Botswana received 23 scholarships for Batswana to study in Chinese higher institutes of higher learning for Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate degrees in various fields.

Dr Venson-Moitoi said government appreciated the active involvement of the Chinese community in charitable work in Botswana as they continued to donate generously to various causes in the country.

She said the g bonds of friendship that existed between the two countries would continue to grow from strength to strength for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries.

The Chinese Ambassador to Botswana, Mr Zheng said the donation was part of the commitment of the Chinese government in playing a part in the development of its partners.

He added that his government would continue to support Botswana in all ways possible.

Also, he said Chinese government had continued to aid Botswana, something he said further developed friendly relationship cooperation ever since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between two countries.

He added that they had availed funds for the renovation and upgrading of railway, construction of roads, building of residential houses, primary schools as well as other facilities like the Gaborone multi-purpose youth centre, among others.

Further, he said alongside infrastructure projects, the Chinese government also paid much attention in cultural and educational exchanges and provided scholarships, bilateral training projects as well as multilateral training opportunities for Botswana candidates.

“It is through such close partnership that our mutual understanding, respect and trust have been deepened,” he said.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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