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Africa: Angola And Botswana Analyze Cooperation

  • Angola and Botswana are moving to strengthen ties as the presidents of both countries – João Lourenço and Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi met to analyze issues of trade relations and bilateral cooperations.
  • Both countries have prioritized the sectors of diamond, education, health and the environment.
  • On average, between 2002 and 2016, 26 million carats were produced per year, making Botswana the world’s second largest diamond producer, behind Russia.
  • Angola and Botswana are part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The Presidents of Angola and Botswana, João Lourenço and Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi, respectively, met this Monday, in Luanda, to analyze issues on increase of trade relations and bilateral cooperation.

In parallel to this Presidential meeting, ministerial delegations from the two countries analyzed questions about bilateral cooperation at the Presidential Palace.

The heads of diplomacy from both countries and ministers from the sectors of Health, Agriculture and Rural Development and Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas participated in the ministerial meeting, which took place in closed doors.

The two states have potential areas of cooperation in the diamond, education, health and environment sectors.

Angola and Botswana established diplomatic relations on 18 February 1976. In February 2006, the two countries signed a General Cooperation Agreement.

Cooperation Areas

In the bilateral cooperation domain, Angola and Botswana have prioritized the sectors of diamond, education, health and the environment.

Botswana is a major producer of diamonds worldwide and Angola seeks the experience of that country, a member of SADC, in the extraction and polishing process.

Currently, Botswana’s diamond production covers 60% of that country’s exports.

On average, between 2002 and 2016, 26 million carats were produced per year, making Botswana the world’s second largest diamond producer, behind Russia.

Another important source of income for Botswana is ecotourism. This country has the highest concentration of elephants in the world (over 50 thousand). The country covers 581,000 square kilometers, 17% of which is reserved for national parks and also has larges untouched savannas.

Data published in 2015 indicate that about 1.5 million international tourists visited Botswana in that year.

Located in Southern Africa, the territory of Botswana has no outlet to the sea and is bordered on the north by Zambia, in the east by Zimbabwe, in the south by South Africa and in the West and Northwest by Namibia.

Regional Integration

Angola and Botswana are part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The two countries are also part of the Okavango/Zambezi project, which also includes Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia, summing 278,000 square kilometres.

The Okavango Basin is a region rich in biodiversity, with more than 400 species of birds, mammals and other animals typical of African fauna.

Angola has the second largest portion of the project, with 87,000 square kilometres, behind Zambia, with 97,000 square kilometers of land.

NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: ANGOP | Media Agencies

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