As Salaam Alai’kum,
On the 30th September, 2016, Botswana will celebrate fifty years of independence, our Golden Jubilee.
As we celebrate our Golden Jubilee, it is also a time to reflect on the journey that we have travelled and take stock of the challenges that we have faced and the achievements that we have made.
Despite the turmoil of the political struggles for freedom and liberation in the neighboring countries, Botswana continued to thrive in an environment characterized by democracy, peace and stability, necessary conditions for sustainable development. She remained an island of peace and tranquility in an otherwise turbulent region, a beacon of hope for others to follow.
As we celebrate the achievements that we have registered over the years, we take this opportunity to also appreciate the contribution and assistance of those countries and other cooperating partners who extended a helping hand towards our development endeavors. We are pleased to count the State of Kuwait among those friends who helped us to realize our dreams.
The Republic of Botswana and the State of Kuwait indeed enjoy cordial and beneficial relations anchored on a solid foundation of friendship and mutual respect. Through the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (Kuwait Fund), Botswana has over the years been able to access loans for major infrastructure projects including;
• Sir Seretse Khama International Airport • Morupule Power Station • Tsabong- Middlepits Road • Gantsi – Sehithwa Road • Sekoma – Kang Road • Construction of two cordon fences to separate wildlife from domestic livestock and thus saving our beef and meat industry from the possible occurrence of foot-and-mouth disease.
Botswana’s relation with the Kuwait Fund endures and can only grow stronger, particularly given the commitment by the State of Kuwait, to enhance cooperation with and assistance to Africa in the context of the Africa-Arab Cooperation framework.
While government-to-government cooperation between Botswana and Kuwait has been enhanced over the years, there is not much interaction at the private sector level.
I do hope that the information readily available online and with our embassy in Kuwait will expose the private sector to the investment environment in Botswana as well as potential areas for investment.
Botswana is open for investment and we are ready to welcome you.