Botswana: 'Benefits for All'

Gaborone — Economic benefits of any successful nation must reach all its people from all walks of life.

Speaking in an interview after presenting letters of credence to President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi on Monday, UN resident coordinator Mr Zia Choudhury said all UN agencies in Botswana worked towards ensuring that fruits of economic success reached the most remote, marginalised communities.

"People should be able to contribute to their own development, they should share challenges and provide solutions to some of their challenges. My role is to amplify those voices and make sure we listen to people and how we can bring solutions," he said.

Mr Choudhury said part of his mandate was to travel the length and breadth of the country to reach out to everyone.

Mr Choudhury said he had a conversation with President Masisi and was glad that they shared some of their priorities.

"Main function of the UN is to work with government and people of Botswana to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs). Those are very much in line with Botswana's own Vision 2036. Some of our priorities would be of course to ensure that the economy remains strong and diverse for the future," he added.

He said he would work with over 20 agencies some together with some development partners towards achieving SDGs.

For her part, the new British high commissioner to Botswana Ms Sian Price said she was pleased to discuss with President Masisi ways of continuing to work towards building their long and established relationship.

"We spoke mainly of our economic recovery for COVID-19 and how we can assist each other in improving trade relations and regional trade," she said.

Ms Price said the United Kingdom's response to COVID-19 focused on four areas namely, helping vulnerable countries with their resilience, search for a vaccine, economic recovery and helping repatriate British nationals who wanted to return home.

"We want to thank Botswana for her great assistance with the latter. We are also looking at how we could assist particularly on the economic side. We've pledged 20 million pounds to the Africa Union COVID-19 response and had been involved in the global coronavirus response initiatives. All in all US$550 million gone towards the COVID-19 response across the globe," she added.

Source : BOPA

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