Namibia and Botswana should work together: Khama

06 Feb 2018 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 FEB (NAMPA) – The President of Botswana, Lieutenant-General Seretse Khama Ian Khama said Namibia and Botswana should continue working together as countries with common challenges.
Speaking at the State Banquet here Monday night, Khama emphasised that it is imperative for the two countries to work closely together to devise common strategies in order to effectively address the challenges.
“Bilateral cooperation between our countries continues to grow steadily, [so] that existing mutual mechanisms also surface important platforms for strengthening and deepening the scope of our cooperation,” he said.
Khama said projects such as the Trans-Kalahari Highway and the signing of the Namibia-Botswana boundary treaty, which reaffirms the common borders, is a core indication of joint initiatives which are intended to deepen the two countries’ partnership.
“The complex and diverse nature of challenges currently facing humanity compel nations more than never before to work closely as a collective with a view to devise more strategies to combat them,” he said.
On the regional aspect, Khama emphasised that if the episode of the alarming violation of human rights in some African countries is not addressed, Africa’s aspirations as contained in the African Union (AU) agenda 2063 will remain a mirage.
“However, we are pleased that the continental body is on course to institute some reform measures in making the AU an effective and efficient organisation that achieves its goals and aspirations,” he noted.
Agenda 2063 is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of Africa.
Khama further urged countries, regionally and globally, to ensure that the promotion and protection of human rights is upheld by all states.
Khama also commended Namibia for condemning American President, Donald Trump’s alleged derogatory remarks about African countries.