(Hargeisasun) Ahead of the 1st Ethio-Botswana Joint Ministerial meeting and on the margin of the second Joint Technical Commission Meeting being held in Gaborone, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirut Zemene met with Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, on Monday (October 9). Commending the recent endeavors by Governments of the two countries to put their historic ties to a high gear on areas deemed mutually profitable, Dr. Pelonomi urged the swift need for their implementations. Taking note of the fact that Ethiopia has put its name on a pedestal in the areas of textile and leather, the Minister reiterated her Government’s deep seated interest to learn lessons from Ethiopia. Given Botswana‘s recent endeavors to break into the Global fashion and design industry, Dr. Pelonomi also indicated opportunities on launching joint ventures on these areas.
The Minister also praised Ethiopia for its unwavering commitment in keeping the peace and stability of the region through regional mechanisms like IGAD. She also underscored the need to have a balanced focus in our continental affairs between peace and security matters and development agendas.
State Minister Hirut started out by expressing gratitude for the warm hospitality accorded to her delegation since their arrival in Gaborone. She further emphasized the need for mutual deliberations on common issues of economic cooperation and collaboration both in regional as well as continental matters. Subsequently, she congratulated the efforts of both sides that have come to fruition by launching the first Ethio-Botswana Joint Ministerial Commission which will be opened up tomorrow. She further expressed her country’s interest to have; among others, a concret exchange of experiences in agriculture and tourism sectors.
She spoke of the launching of the South Sudanese Peace Revitalization Process (PRP) under the auspices of IGAD. The State Minister praised the former President of Botswana Festus Mogae for his unrelenting efforts to bring peace and tranquility to South Sudan as the Chairman of Joint Monitorial and Evaluation Commission (JMEC). She also noted the need for the two countries to collaborate on continental and global matters of peace and development.
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