Namibia and Botswana to sign boundary treaty

06 Oct 2016 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 06 OCT (NAMPA) – Namibia and Botswana will soon sign the boundary treaty that will create a boundary management structure between the two countries.
Minister of Information and Communications Technology Tjekero Tweya made the announcement on Wednesday when presenting Cabinet's decision on the draft boundary treaty between the two countries.
He said Cabinet has approved the commencement of the process of signing and ratifying the boundary treaty by relevant authorities.
Tweya said the boundary treaty will be signed in Namibia at Swakopmund on a date to be determined later.
He said the Minister of Land Reform Utoni Nujoma had submitted the item to Cabinet on Tuesday and Cabinet gave the green light for President Hage Geingob to be signatory to the written agreement.
Cabinet also approved the request by Botswana for Namibia to assist with existing documentations and expertise in drafting Botswana's boundary Commission Bill.
“Botswana wants to back up with their laws thus asking Namibia to assist them to put the Boundaries Commission Bill. Once it is done, the date will be determined between the two countries,” he reiterated.
The minister explained that the consultation regarding the boundary treaty started in 2014 and the latest consultation was in August 2016 between the responsible ministers from both countries, officials, and stakeholders along the borders of Kavango East and Zambezi regions.
“The boundaries can clearly be identified with technology of Global Positioning System (GPS) thus we want to re-align ourselves with that,” he explained.