2 October 2018

Botswana-Brazil Relations to Boost Agribusiness

Gaborone — Brazil's Ambassador to Botswana Mr Ricardo Diniz says agribusiness is an important area of cooperation which cannot only strengthen relations, but also contribute to the two countries economies.

Speaking at the celebration of Brazilian National Day anniversary in Gaborone recently, Mr Diniz said as one of the fastest growing and more stable economies in Africa, Botswana was a partner that Brazil sought to prioritise.

He said his country had recognised expertise in the agribusiness sector which could assist Botswana meet her agribusiness ambitions.

The sector, he noted, was considered one of the pillars of the economic diversification strategy in Botswana. He also noted that a delegation of dairy producers led by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture and Food Supply visited Botswana last year to explore investment opportunities .

He said the two countries had shown commitment to the rule of law and the peaceful solution of disputes as well as multilateralism as the only means to sustain a rules-based international order.

He said Botswana and Brazil's commitment to democracy, human rights as well as to the promotion of economic development with social inclusion were some of the common values that brought the two countries closer.

"Brazil and Botswana ought to translate this world view into concrete initiatives that bring peace, stability and prosperity to our people and to our respective regions," said Mr Diniz.

Furthermore, Mr Diniz stated that Brazil and Botswana had come a long way over the past three decades, highlighting that diplomatic ties between the two countries were established in 1985.Technical cooperation, he said, had always been a key component of the two country's relationships as both countries had over the years signed memorandum of agreements in sports development, HIV/AIDS prevention, agricultural research, social development as well as cultural and educational cooperation.

Deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation, Ms Mmamosadinyana Molefhe applauded the good bilateral relations between Botswana and Brazil, saying the latter remained an invaluable partner to Botswana's development agenda.

She said Botswana appreciated the selfless and generous support that the government of Brazil had over the years extended to the country's development and economic drive.

Source : BOPA

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