Gaborone — President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi left Wednesday for Davos-Klosters, Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting.
According to a Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation press release, the meeting, which marks the 50th anniversary of the forum, will be held January 21-24.
Prior to attending the meeting, President Masisi will undertake working visits to Antwerp, Belgium and Paris, France to engage with key diamond industry stakeholders and the private sector on issues of strategic interest to Botswana.
The WEF meeting, to be held under the theme, "Stakeholders for a cohesive and Sustainable World", will be guided by six key thematic areas namely ecology, economy, geopolitics, industry, society and technology.
The release further states that discussions will include peace and security issues, climate change and mobilisation of global consensus on the fourth industrial revolution technologies.
Over 3 000 participants from around the world, comprising world leaders, business community, international organisations, civil society, media and academia are expected to attend the forum.
This is the second time Botswana is invited to participate in the forum at the highest political level.
President Masisi participated in the forum for the first time last year at its 49th annual meeting held in Davos.
According to the release, the President will engage in panel discussions, bilateral meetings, media events and structured discussions on a range of issues with specific focus on potential benefits for Botswana's development agenda.
President Masisi is accompanied by First Lady Neo Masisi, Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Ms Peggy Serame as well as senior government officials and representatives of Botswana Investment and Trade Centre and Botswana Innovation Hub.
He was seen off by among others Vice President Slumber Tsogwane and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Mr Kabo Morwaeng.
The President and his entourage are expected back on January 26.
Source : BOPA