Botswana's Khama in Namibia on Monday

02 Feb 2018 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 02 FEB (NAMPA) – President of Botswana, Lieutenant-General Seretse Khama Ian Khama will be in Namibia from Monday on a two-day State visit.
A media statement issued by Minister of Presidential Affairs Frans Kapofi on Friday stated that Khama will hold discussions regarding bilateral cooperation between the two countries with his Namibian counterpart, Hage Geingob, during his visit here.
Kapofi, speaking on behalf of the Presidency, said Namibia welcomes this visit and views it as an opportunity to further strengthen the existing cordial relations between Namibia and Botswana for the benefit of the people of the two countries.
“The bilateral relations between Namibia and Botswana are founded on strong political, economic, cultural and historic ties, which has contributed to increased trade between the two countries,” Kapofi said.
The statement said in 2016, Botswana was Namibia’s third trading partner, which is a reflection of how bilateral cooperation between the two countries has evolved over the years.
It further said Botswana and Namibia have two mechanisms that enable the existing strong bilateral relations to flourish, namely the Namibia/Botswana Joint Commission of Cooperation, and the Namibia/Botswana Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security.
During the visit, the two presidents are expected to sign the Boundary Treaty between Namibia and Botswana.
The two countries share demographic, geographical and historic similarities, with Namibia’s Omaheke Region hosting a large contingent of the Batswana people.
SeTswana, the language spoken by Batswana, is also recognised as one of Namibia’s local languages.
After serving as Commander of the Botswana Defence Force, Khama entered politics and served as Vice-President of Botswana from 1998 to 2008.
He then succeeded Festus Mogae as President on 01 April 2008.
Khama won a full term in the 2009 election and was re-elected in October 2014.