International Relations Critical

| May 11, 2015

President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama says participation of diplomats is a reflection of sound partnerships that Botswana shares with other countries and international organisations.

Addressing a sundry of diplomats comprising international representatives based locally and Botswana’s ambassadors abroad last week, President Khama said economic ties, cultural and religious beliefs, environmental issues, security, health challenges amongst many others had not stopped at national boundaries and in today’s world interests are increasingly intertwined which made the role of diplomats immensely important and even more complex.

President Khama also highlighted that enforced close partnership was essential in today’s world characterised by a global network of interlocking interests. Further he appreciated the support and development assistance that Botswana had enjoyed from other countries and international organisations over the years.

In an interview on the sidelines of the meet, Deputy Dean of Botswana Heads of Missions attached to Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, Mr Molosiwa Selepeng said the diplomats’ meet was an annual event critical to strengthen ties of Botswana’s global networks.

Mr Selepeng also said Botswana’s missions abroad were charged with capacity building of different facets of the economy and attract Foreign Direct investment (FDI), adding that various missions were making strides in that regard.

“Batswana must know that Botswana’s missions abroad are not just for government, they are for them, they must use them, get information from embassies and know that it is possible for individuals to establish business entities in other countries. Some investors out there are looking to establish Joint Partnerships with Batswana.

It just takes an individual to express interest, our doors are open,” he said. On the day, diplomats were briefed on Botswana’s developments and the challenges it faced, the country’s efforts to tackle poverty, investment opportunities available in Botswana.

They were also taken on a guided tour of Gaborone and were on Saturday treated to an excursion in Kasane meant to expose them to the tourism and investment potential of Botswana.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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