Wednesday 18 October 2017
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
Botswanan Softball Association (BSA) President Tirelo Mukokomani was Monday elected Vice President in the softball division board of directors of the World Baseball/Softball Confederation (WBSC). Botswana continued on their quest to host high profile sports events as the three-day meeting concluded here on Sunday. Over 300 delegates from the 130 member countries of WBSC attended the second conference since the merger of baseball and softball governing bodies in 2015. The elective conference started with meetings of several committees of the WBSC on Thursday culminating into the main assembly where elections were held for several portfolios within the confederation's different divisions. Speaking to the media at the end of the assembly, Mukokomani said hosting the assembly...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. "This forum is not a parliament, it is just a discussion platform that does not have any legislative powers. This institution is still wobbly," said Floyd Shivambu, a parliamentarian from South Africa. "As it is, it is a waste of...
(APA 10/11/17)
APA-Gaborone (Botswana) - Botswana and Ethiopia are set to sign a considerable number of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among them an extradition treaty agreement, APA learnt on Wednesday. Botswana foreign ministry spokesperson Emanuel Pheko said this was revealed on Wednesday during the inaugural Botswana/Ethiopia Joint Ministerial Commission held in Gaborone and attended by International Affairs and Cooperation Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi and visiting Ethiopian State Minister for Political Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene Kassa. “The two ministers urged senior officials to accelerate conclusion of the pending draft agreements and memoranda of understanding, namely the Draft Extradition Treaty...
(Xinhuanet 09/08/17)
Communication ministers from the Southern Development Community (SADC) countries vowed on Thursday to turn the region into an information and knowledge-based economy. This emerged from a ICT (information and communication technology) meeting taking place in Durban, a coastal city in southeastern South Africa. Communication ministers from 15 SADC countries have been meeting in Durban since Monday to discuss the region's ICT infrastructure. The meeting, also attended by policy regulators, implementing agencies and ICT industry players, was designed to help create...
(MmegiOnline 09/06/17)
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has approved a new symbol for the Umbrella Democratic Change (UDC). The new symbol is a royal blue umbrella enclosed in a circle of the same colour, with the party name written underneath. The new symbol was approved this week by the IEC. UDC will use the new symbol at Tshimoyapula ward by-election and in the 2019 general elections. In a letter dated August 28, 2017 written on behalf of IEC secretary Motlapele Raleru says: “You are duly informed that the symbol is accepted by the Independent Electoral Commission.
(Botswana Daily News 09/05/17)
The Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Mr Thato Kwerepe says a lot still needs to be done to advance sustainable development agenda in every country. He said this during the InterSAI study tour conference held under the theme “The role of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” The conference attracted four countries namely, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho and Botswana and the assistant minister emphasised the need for SAIs to align their strategies to government’s National Development Plans (NDP) for better delivery of SDGs. Mr Kwerepe said African countries needed to bring SDGs into audit focus by aligning
(Botswana Daily News 08/31/17)
Gaborone — Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Mr Shaw Kgathi has assured the parliamentary portfolio committee on Foreign Affairs, Justice, Defence, Security and Government Assurances that the ministry would work hard to ensure that Botswana implements the Eastern and Southern African Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) recommendations. Briefing the committee on Tuesday, Minister Kgathi noted that the ministry's legislative programme was therefore aimed to ensure compliance to the recommendations, which sought to ensure that Botswana did not become a safe...
(MmegiOnline 08/23/17)
President Ian Khama has bid farewell to fellow southern African leaders at the 37th SADC Ordinary Summit for Heads of State and Government Summit in Pretoria, South Africa. The President is serving his last term in office and was attending the SADC Summit over the weekend, for the last time as sitting President. He steps down on April 1, 2018. The summit was held under the theme: Partnering with the Private Sector in developing Industry and Regional Value-Chains. The 37th...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(APA 08/17/17)
Botswana President Ian Khama has lashed out at China accusing it of intimidating his administration which was expected to host Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama who has since cancelled his trip, Botswana Guardian newspaper reported here Thursday. Khama told the paper that “they told me things like the Ambassador may be recalled, it would damage relations between Botswana and China that they would as China engage other African states to isolate Botswana.” Khama said the Dalai Lama is welcome to...
(Botswana Daily News 08/02/17)
Letlhakeng — The Vice President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi has hailed Batswana for their innovation, citing solar-powered lights which he said were designed at the then Rural Industries Innovation Centre in Kanye as a first in the history of the country. Speaking at a political rally at Maboane to welcome new members to the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) on Saturday, Mr Masisi said that the solar-powered lights would be patented to prevent foreign companies claiming the idea. He said plans were...
(AFP (eng) 07/26/17)
Beijing issued a warning to Botswana Wednesday over its plans to host the Dalai Lama next month, asking the African nation to respect China's "core interests". The Tibetan spiritual leader, who lives in exile in India, is due to speak at the three-day "Mind and Life Dialogue" conference in Botswana's capital Gaborone, which begins August 17. China's officially atheist ruling Communist party views the Dalai Lama as a dangerous "separatist" campaigning for Tibetan independence and consistently condemns foreign governments who welcome him. The Dalai Lama, in turn, says he is seeking more autonomy for Tibet rather than outright independence. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang called for Botswana to "earnestly respect"
(Reuters (Eng) 07/26/17)
China stepped up its warning to Botswana on Wednesday over a planned visit by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama next month, demanding the African nation respect China's core interests. The Dalai Lama, reviled by Beijing as a dangerous separatist, is expected to address a human rights conference in the capital, Gaborone, on Aug. 17-19 and will also meet Botswana's president. China is a major investor in Botswana's economy. China has already "clearly" expressed its point of view about...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(Weekend Post 07/21/17)
First it was the South-China Sea controversy and now it is the impending visit by the Dalai Lama to Botswana, and China is not amused. The Asian giant is telling Botswana to block the Dalai Lama’s visit. Relations between Botswana and China have taken yet another knock as China disapproves of Botswana’s decision to allow the Dalai Lama to visit Botswana and give talk as a guest at a three day conference entitled “Botho/Ubuntu: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama...
(Botswana Guardian 07/21/17)
The long-standing 42-year relationship between Botswana and China is on the brink of collapse as the former is now willing to extend “normal courtesies” reserved for visiting dignitaries during the Dalai Lama’s visit to Botswana. Beijing is talking tough and is in an uncompromising mood regarding Tibetan’s exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s planned visit to Botswana, saying whoever allows the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit then that country is closing relations with China. Addressing visiting journalists and academics from Botswana...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/14/17)
China warned Botswana on Friday against hosting the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who is due to visit there next month, saying it hoped Botswana could make the "correct" decision about the trip. The Dalai Lama is expected to address a human rights conference in the capital, Gaborone, on Aug. 17-19 and will also meet Botswana's president. China is a major investor in Botswana's economy. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing that the...
(AFP (eng) 07/13/17)
The Dalai Lama will visit Botswana next month and meet with President Ian Khama, Botswana officials confirmed, in a trip likely to anger China, a key investor across Africa and its largest trade partner. Beijing views the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist campaigning for Tibetan independence and consistently condemns foreign leaders who meet him. Botswana "will be extending the normal courtesies for visiting dignitaries", the government said Wednesday in a statement. "His Excellency (President Khama) will meet the Dalai...
(MmegiOnline 07/12/17)
Different regional chairpersons for Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) yesterday said their weekend congress would not go on as planned if the issue regarding the expelled members is not addressed. The regions included BOMASE, South East, Francistown, Letswapo, Kweneng and Gaborone. They demanded immediate and unconditional reinstatement of the expelled members. Kweneng regional chairperson, Boipuso Dikgang stated that they will carefully look at the issue, “(in) accordance with article 14.5 (c), which says the national congress has the ‘right to...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...

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