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We don’t Envisage signing an FTA with India any time soon January 2017 issue

We don’t Envisage signing an FTA with India any time soon

India’s diplomatic relations with Botswana – one of the few bright spots on the African economic horizon – have always been close and friendly. The Dollar Business catches up with H.E. Lesego Ethel Motsumi, High Commissioner of Botswana to India, to find out what the two governments are doing to strengthen bilateral trade and policy ties.

Deepak Kumar | January 2017 Issue | The Dollar Business

TDB: Botswana and India share a long history of cooperation. How are you planning to strengthen the bond?

Lesego Ethel Motsumi (LEM): When the Republic of Botswana was born 50 years ago, one of the first countries that established diplomatic relations with Botswana was India. We share a strong cultural heritage, common desires to develop our economies, eliminate poverty and diseases, and ultimately enter the ranks of the developed world.

Our long-term relationship is anchored around bilateral and multilateral platforms. Bilaterally, India continues to support Botswana through government assistance, facilitation of trade and investment through the private sector among more. At a multilateral level, Botswana and India continue to cooperate through SADC (Southern African Development Community), United Nations, and African Union-India Framework. At the India-African Union level, issues related to education, portable water, sanitation, food security, international migration, sustainable development, infrastructure development, post-2015 development agenda and climate change form the centre of the interactions.

TDB: Many Indians or people of Indian origin are settled in Botswana. What has been their contribution to Botswana’s economy?

LEM: We currently have thousands of people of Indian descent in Botswana. Historically, even before independence, Botswana has had people of Indian and Asian descent forming a part of the fabric of Botswana’s polity. They aligned themselves with the vision and mission of the country: Industrialising it and ...

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