Maputo — Acting Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation, Mr Nonofo Molefhi has divulged that President of Mozambique, Mr Filipe Nyusi has offered Batswana farmers land to invest in.
Minister Molefhi said this during a press conference at the office of the President in Maputo following closed talks President Mokgweetsi Masisi together with a contingent of ministers from Botswana held with President Nyusi on April 16.
President Masisi has since last week embarked on a meet and greet visits to SADC countries among them Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. He also visited Mozambique this week with a view to expand bilateral cooperation between the neighbours. The offer, according to Minister Molefhi, would be communicated to farmers in Botswana accordingly to exploit.
Moreover, Minister Molefhi said deliberations of the two heads of state revolved around encouraging private sector collaboration between the two SADC countries.
"As a nation you will not be complete without the involvement and participation of the private sector. Economies across the world are not grown by governments, but economic diversification is all about private sector participation," he said.
He was happy to announce that as part of efforts to bolster private sector participation and grow the economies of the two countries, Botswana companies would attend the 2018 trade fair in Mozambique.
Such mutual and beneficial relationship, Minister Molefhi stated, had remained the core of the agenda of the two countries, which would want to see private sector companies from both sides exchange notes and visits more often.
Also, Minister Molefhi said Botswana would continue to render, to Mozambique, technical and project support in areas such as agriculture, the sale and manufacturing of vaccines as well as all other agricultural requirements.
"Where necessary, we will offer training for officers responsible for the agricultural sub-sector of the economy," he said.
The two Presidents, according to Minister Molefhi, encouraged the accompanying delegation of ministers to pursue agreed memoranda of understanding to give meaning and value to the agreements in question by ensuring implementation at the earliest possible opportunity.
Source : BOPA