Botswana Appreciative of Chinese Support

Gaborone — Government and the people of Botswana are happy for China's assistance in the COVID-19 scourge and overall socioeconomic development of the country.

This was said by Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Mr Kabo Morwaeng in a meeting with Chinese ambassador to Botswana Dr Zhao Yanbo Friday.

He noted that China continued to support Botswana's endeavours to fight the coronavirus as evidenced by the several donations government had received.

Mr Morwaeng said donations of medical supplies, including several consignments of personal protective equipment received recently, were highly appreciated.

Noting that the relationship between the two countries dated back to the past, he said China had not only contributed to the health sector but assisted in other sectors such as economy and education.

For his part, Dr Zhao reflected on the long standing relationship between China and Botswana.

Early this year, Botswana and China celebrated the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

He said there was still a lot of work to be done to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in areas such as agriculture, infrastructure, tourism, poverty eradication and the economic sector.

The two countries, he said, viewed each other's development as opportunities to promote mutual relations.

Dr Zhao revealed that his government encouraged Chinese enterprises to donate and assist their friends globally.

Applauding Botswana's efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, he said China was also assisting its African friends with technical expertise on fighting the virus through video conferencing.

Source : BOPA

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