Increasing trade between Pakistan and Botswana
20 August 2015
The High Commissioner of Pakistan H.E. Mr. Najm us Saqib held a detailed meeting with the Foreign Minister of Botswana Hon. Ms. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, in Gaborone, today and discussed the present and future cooperation between the two friendly countries. Deputy Permanent Secretary and in-charge of multilateral affairs in the Foreign Office Mr. Gaeimelwe Goitsemang assisted his Minister in the meeting.
Bilateral relations in the political, diplomatic, economic and trade domains were discussed with special emphasis on increasing the existing two-way trade. Special attention was accorded to cooperation in the agriculture and education sectors. Cooperation in Commonwealth with special reference to the upcoming 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC), being hosted by Pakistan on 30 September- 8 October, 2015 also came up for discussion. The High Commissioner also handed over to the Foreign Minister, a letter addressed by the President of Pakistan to the President of Botswana.
Recalling his earlier two visits to Botswana in the past year, the High Commissioner requested the Foreign Minister to expedite the process of formalizing bilateral relations through the establishment of a Joint Commission. The Foreign Minister agreed to forward the requisite draft agreement to Pakistan soon.
Availing of the opportunity, the High Commissioner briefed the Foreign Minister on the constructive role being played by the small Pakistani community in Botswana, especially in the economic sphere, and requested for Gaborone's assistance in addressing their legitimate concerns. The Foreign Minister promised to look into these matters and take appropriate measures to safeguard the interests of Pakistanis residing lawfully in Botswana.
Besides accreditation to South Africa, High Commissioner Najm us Saqib is concurrently accredited to Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland.
High Commission of Pakistan in Pretoria