Botswana: Partnership Essential for Tangible Results

Gaborone — The spirit of partnership is essential for ensuring tangible results in the delivery of the latest commitments made between Botswana and China, Acting Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation Mr Nonofo Molefhi says.

Officially closing the first session of the Joint Committee on Economy, Trade, Investment and Technical Cooperation in Gaborone on May 22, Mr Molefhi said the commitments would ensure the realisation of socio-economic prosperity for the two countries' peoples.

He implored all officials to ensure regular interactions amongst themselves and active follow up to sustain the momentum of the session's discussions.

Minister Molefhi said the convening of the meeting attested to the fact that relations between the two countries were on sound footing with great potential for growth.

It was therefore vital that everyone exploited the cooperation for mutual benefit of their countries, he said.

He said the committee's most important responsibility was to "breath life" into the bilateral agreements so that they achieved the desired objectives and impact, .

Mr Molefhi, who is Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, said the onus was on the team to come up with concrete actionable programmes and projects to keep the agreements relevant.

He said the firm foundation of the bilateral relationship would enable the two countries to continue to overcome in a constructive manner any issues that arose during implementation.

"I look forward to the second meeting of our Joint Committee which as you have graciously indicated, will take place in your beautiful country, China," he stated.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce, Mr Qian Keming has expressed gratitude for the warm welcome he received in Botswana.

Speaking at a reception held in his honour, Mr Qian said he was impressed by Botswana's beautiful infrastructure and landscape.

He said the meeting was successful and expressed the hope that all resolutions would be put into action.

Mr Qian, who co-chaired the meeting, said both sides considered the session satisfactory and were impressed by the level of cooperation adding that they were equally optimistic that they could achieve a lot more as partners in development.

Mr Qian said in his assessment, the deliberations were very engaging and brought out pertinent issues with a bearing on specific projects and on collaboration of the two countries in general.

It was heartening, he said, that deliberations delved into areas with the potential to have a direct positive impact on the peoples of the two countries.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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