Pres begins state visit to Botswana

President MahamaPRESIDENT John Dramani Mahama, yesterday began a three-day state visit to Botswana at the invitation of Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana.

The President, who left Accra yesterday with his wife, Lordina, is expected back home tomorrow.

A statement issued by the Communications Bureau of the Flag- staff House and copied The Ghanaian Times said, the two leaders would hold bilateral talks on ways to deepen the excellent bilateral co-operation between Ghana and Botswana.

The statement said relations between the two countries had been underpinned, largely by the shared values of a stable democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law.

It said Ghana has been providing training for medical professionals from Botswana while Ghanaian veterinary officers have also been receiving training in Botswana in meat inspection.

According to the statement, President Mahama’s visit was a follow-up to President Khama’s visit to Ghana in August 2011.

The statement said as part of his activities, President Mahama would officially inaugurate the Dikgatlhong Dam, visit the Botswana Meat Company and tour the Diamond Trading Company of Botswana.

It said the Dikgatlhong Dam is the largest in Botswana with a water holding capacity of 400 million cubic metres, and is expected to help solve the challenging water supply situation in the Southern African country.

The statement said President Mahama would also visit a youth empowerment project in Gaborone, and share with the host authorities Ghana’s experiences with youth development and empowerment.

“He will also host a meeting of Ghanaian citizens in Botswana who include largely, professionals such as medical doctors, engineers, lawyers and accountants,” the statement added.

It said there were many others with established businesses in the small and medium scale enterprises (SME) sector of Botswana.

Accompanying the President and his wife are the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Hanna S. Tetteh (MP), the Minister of Education Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyeman and the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Nii Osah Mills.

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