16 April 2018

Botswana: Masisi Joins World Leaders in London

London — President Mokgweetsi Masisi is expected in London today (April 17) for the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

The meeting, which is convened under the theme: Towards a Common Future, will afford Heads of Government in the Commonwealth the opportunity to address the shared global challenges and agree on how to create a better future for the Commonwealth family of nations, especially the youth.

The meeting will be preceded by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) and the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers Meeting on Small States, both of which will be held today as well as the Commonwealth Foreign Minister's Meeting tomorrow (April 18).

The side events of CHOGM will include the Commonwealth Business Forum, Commonwealth Youth Forum, Commonwealth People's Forum and Commonwealth Women's Forum.

Commonwealth leaders will attend working sessions to discuss shared global challenges, attend a dinner on Thursday (April 19) at a red carpet rolled out by The Queen at Buckingham Palace and gather at Windsor Castle for the Leaders' Retreat, a day when leaders engage in frank dialogue and set the course for future Commonwealth co-operation.

The Windsors will be out in force, with the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, the Countess of Wessex, the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra attending the ceremony.

Members of the Royal Family will be attending a number of Commonwealth Heads of Government events as well as hosting government leaders at Royal residences.

Prime Minister, Ms Theresa May will give a speech, as will the Commonwealth Secretary-General and the Prime Minister of Malta, Dr Joseph Muscat as the outgoing Commonwealth Chair-in Office.

On Friday (April 20), the Leaders' Retreat will be held at Windsor Castle, marking the formal end of the 2018 meeting.

In keeping with the CHOGM tradition, the ceremony will end with a photograph of the Commonwealth family.

As part of its efforts to make a meaningful contribution to the Commonwealth family, Botswana is home to the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre.

The Centre, launched in 2013, is a tangible demonstration of the Commonwealth commitment to support its members' anti-corruption efforts.

The centre supports member countries fight against 'graft,' which undermines hard-fought democratic and economic gains as well as trust in governments' ability to deliver basic services.

All African Commonwealth countries have pledged support to the Centre, which continues to provide an exchange of ideas, technical skills and best practice to combat corruption.

President Masisi is accompanied by the First Lay, Ms Neo Masisi, Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation, Mr Vincent Seretse, Minister of Basic Education, Mr Bagalatia Arone and senior government officials.

The President and his entourage are expected to return to Gaborone on Sunday.

Source : BOPA

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