President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama left for Valletta yesterday to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held from Friday November 27 – 29.
The Commonwealth meeting will be held under the theme: The Commonwealth-Adding Global Value, and the meeting is expected to discuss among others, issues relating to climate change, human rights and governance, peace and security, migration, youth issues, gender equality and women empowerment.
A press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says the heads of government will also elect a new secretary general of the Commonwealth for the next four years.
The release states that Botswana has nominated Ms Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, the former deputy secretary of the Commonwealth for the position, and at the time of President Khama’s departure for CHOGM, Ms Masire-Mwamba was expected to be competing against two other candidates, Sir Ronald Sanders from Antigua and Barbuda and Ms Patricia Scotland from the Commonwealth of Dominica.
The release notes that CHOGM is preceded by meetings of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), the foreign ministers’ meeting and other side meetings such as the Commonwealth Youth Forum, the Commonwealth Business Forum and the Commonwealth Women’s Forum.
The President is accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi and senior government officials. They are expected back home on December 1.