12 September 2013

Botswana: President Khama Meets Envoys

press release

Envoys from Portugal, Chile and Bulgaria, on September 10, presented their letters of credence to President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

The three ambassadors are, Mr Antonio Freire of Portugal, Mr Jose' Zepeda Zepeda of Chile and Bulgaria's Ms Katya Deleva. In an interview after presenting their credentials, Ambassador Freire said his country's relations with Botswana dated from way back and had benefited both countries.

Envoys from Portugal, Chile and Bulgaria, on September 10, presented their letters of credence to President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

The three ambassadors are, Mr Antonio Freire of Portugal, Mr Jose' Zepeda Zepeda of Chile and Bulgaria's Ms Katya Deleva. In an interview after presenting their credentials, Ambassador Freire said his country's relations with Botswana dated from way back and had benefited both countries.

He assured Botswana that he would continue to strengthen ties between the Portugal and Botswana in the areas of democracy and the rule of law. The government of Portugal, he said, would also work together with Botswana institutions to create opportunities in trade exchange.

"We have identified opportunities to create a friendly environment for investors to come here as Botswana has been one of Portugal's pillars in the creation of foreign direct investment", he said.

He noted that they were looking forward to continue working together in areas of mining, production of renewable energy, improvement of the agriculture sector as well as in information and communication technology.

For his part, Chile's Ambassador Zepeda said they had recently received three officers from Botswana who had gone to learn on agriculture production.

He highlighted that Botswana's weather was good for grape fruit production and advised the government to try out the fruit's production as it had a big market the world over. Ambassador Deleva said Botswana and Bulgaria needed to explore areas of cooperation in the tourism sector as the countries had similar places of tourist attraction.

Ms Deleva said Bulgaria's education system had also performed well and invited Botswana for a visit to Bulgaria to learn its educational expertise. She noted that they had good military colleges and extended invitation to this country to send its army officers to Bulgaria to learn military skills.

The three envoys also paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Phandu Skelemani. Mr Skelemani informed the ambassadors that Botswana was willing to cooperate with their countries in areas, which would ultimately contribute to the country's economy.

The minister said Botswana had continuously maintained its political stability and good judicial system as they also contributed to investor attraction.

He advised Portugal to speed up the stoppage of its double taxation regulation as it adversely affects investors, adding that Botswana continues to strive towards meeting its goal of being a diamond hub.

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