Gaborone — Cuba values its relationship with Botswana and regards it as a special friend despite their geographical separation, says Cuba ambassador to Botswana, Ms Patricia Guerra.
Speaking in an interview, Ms Guerra said the cordial bilateral relations between the two countries were underpinned by shared values of proud and united nations as well as the development of their respective people.
Ms Guerra said there were viable opportunities to enhance mutual knowledge and understanding between the two countries through the establishment of political consultations as well as bilateral cooperation.
The relationship, she noted, was built on shared bonds, cooperation in international organisations such as the United Nations as well as economic and social development together with an international trade system that benefited all countries.
She said the two countries had already been involved on a number of exchange programmes particularly in areas of medicine, education and sports.
"We have many Cuban medical doctors working in Botswana under bilateral agreements in the area of health and would like such cooperation to be extended to other economic sectors," Ambassador Guerra said.
She said Cuba had strong science biotechnology institutions specialising in the management of cancer and diabetics and strong civil defence structures and expertise to manage disasters.
Ms Guerra said the Ministry of Education and Skills Development had benefited from Cuban technical assistance through the provision of secondary schools and colleges of education teachers.
The two countries, she said, had a lot of similar economic and investment interest that could create employment and economical developmental progress that could benefit both countries.
Further, Ms Guerra commended the government of Botswana for an impressive performance in respect of the rule of law adding that it was one of the success stories of visionary leadership in Africa.
She said Botswana was indeed a true example of good governance and democracy hence pleaded with other African countries to benchmark on the progress Botswana had made since attaining independence.
Ms Guerra noted that Cuba had long-standing relations with the government of Botswana and many other African states and was looking forward to establishing a cooperative agreement at regional level.
Source : BOPA