Zuma encourages Bots to cooperate in tourism


Gaborone – South African President Jacob Zuma has said that it is essential for his country and Botswana to pay particular attention to growing the tourism sector, as this will form a firm foundation for mutual economic benefits to the two neighbouring countries.

Speaking at the Bi National Commission between South Africa and Botswana held in the capital Gaborone recently, Zuma noted that tourism had potential to create employment that the two countries needs.

“We need to work with great agility to enhance historical bonds that happily exist between our country and peoples. Our people expect more from us and we therefore [should] not fail in our collective resolve to improve their lives,” he said. The summit was preceded by the meeting of the ministers which resulted in a number of agreements being signed.

President Zuma told President Khama that the two countries need to look closely at economic projects that had cross-border dimensions. He further said that he noted the large presence of South African companies in Botswana involved in various sectors and added he hoped they contributed towards economic development and diversification in Botswana.

For his part, President Khama said: “We will endeavour to do more to improve our bilateral co-operation”.

Official figures from Statistics Botswana show that South Africa remains one of Botswana’s major trading partners with companies involved in various sectors such as housing, food and beverages, construction, retail, hotels and leisure, banking, and medical services.

Meanwhile the Commission underscored the importance of expediting essential infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges that will help facilitate smooth movement of people and goods, and enhance trade between the two countries.

Presidents Zuma and Khama further reaffirmed their commitment to deepening existing strategic co-operation and partnership for the mutual benefit of the two countries and peoples.

December 2014
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