Malawi, Botswana commit on sharing resources, expertise0 Comments

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Posted on 30 Mar 2013 at 10:39pm

State House Press Release

25 March 2013

Malawi, Botswana commit on sharing resources, expertise

The governments of Malawi and Botswana have committed to sharing resources and expertise in a number of areas that will immediately see Botswana providing Malawi a soft loan of U$10 million for the latter’s agriculture and health sectors.

The loan will also help the country improve its fuel situation.

The commitments were made during bilateral talks between Her Excellency Dr Joyce Banda and her Botswana counterpart Lt General Seretse Khama Ian Khama and their officials in Gaborone on Monday where the Malawi President is on a two-day state visit.

During the talks, held at the Office of the President in Gaborone the Botswana government also committed to providing credit lines to Malawi to help bolster its agriculture sector.

The two governments which have a Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC) also agreed to fast track private sector engagement and establish an investment and Promotion Protection agreement to expedite provision of the credit lines.

President Kama also announced a donation of 150 cows to Malawi for the newly-launched A Cow A Family project which has so far rolled out in the South and Central regions.

Botswana also committed to sharing experiences and expertise to Malawi by providing training to Malawi in areas of tourism, wildlife and mining. To this end President Khama invited Malawi’s Minister of Mining and his officials to visit Botswana to work out the modalities of the training.

“We will be very happy to share our expertise on legislation and Mining
Protocols,” President Khama said.

President Khama also committed his government to import beans and other legumes from Malawi. He said Botswana will assess how much of the products his government would like to buy.

President Banda arrived in Gaborone early in the morning on Monday and was given a 21 gun salute and guard of honor by the Botswana Defence Force. She later toured the Botswana Diamond Trading Company before being hosted to a state luncheon.

Tomorrow, President Banda will jointly with President Khama open a Poverty Eradication Initiative Symposium In Maun, some 600 kilometers north of Gaborone.

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