Minister Appreciates Brazilian Assistance (

| September 9, 2015

Foreign affairs and international cooperation minister, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi says Brazil has extended technical assistance to Botswana in a variety of fields.

Speaking at the 193rd independence anniversary of Brazil in Gaborone on Tuesday September 8, Dr Venson-Moitoi said Botswana was grateful for this noble gesture of friendship and invaluable development assistance, which contributed to the country’s national development efforts.

She said despite facing its own domestic challenges of development, Brazil had nonetheless extended generous development assistance to this country.

These relations, she said, were not only anchored on shared values of democracy, rule of law, the fundamental rights of all people, sustainable development among others, but also on common interest to develop the individual economies with a view to improve the living standards of the two countries’ peoples.

The minister reiterated commitment of the government to work closely with Brazil in order to deepen the scope of the two countries’ bilateral relations.

For his part, the Brazilian ambassador, Mr Marcio Lage said Brazil had travelled a long path in the regional and international arena since its independence.

Despite the diversity of historical experiences with their South American neighbours, Brazil engaged in projects for regional and continental integration.

He said Brazil was different from other Latin American countries that gained independence at the cost of much fighting against the collapsed and fractionated Spanish empire by the Napoleonic wars.

Brazil became independent from Portugal in 1822, by the heir of the Portuguese king, he added.

The Brazilian Ambassador noted that his country’s cooperation with Botswana had been positive in recent years in various fields and hoped that it would strengthen during his tenure in Botswana, stating that the three years he spent in Botswana much has been done to develop the bilateral cooperation.

The ambassador said the bilateral agenda became large and more complex, with many opportunities.

He announced that his term as ambassador was coming to an end and he will leave towards end of the year.


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