China provided $1 Million cash grant to Botswana

On 24th July, 2017, Chinese Ambassador H.E. Dr. Zhao Yanbo and Hon. Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Botswana Mr. Kenneth Matambo signed the handover and acceptance certificate of China's $1 million cash grant to Botswana for flood relief. The said cash grant was transmitted to Botswana government earlier this year to help overcome the flood disaster.

During his speech at the signing ceremony, Ambassador Zhao recalled that when he saw Botswana suffered from disastrous flood caused by the Cyclone Dineo earlier this year, the Chinese Embassy made a timely report to Beijing headquarters seeking government assistance. The Chinese government responded immediately by donating $1 Million cash grant to help Botswana government and people to overcome the flood disaster, which shows "a friend in need is a friend indeed." He commended this act as a vivid demonstration of friendship between the two countries.

Ambassador Zhao highlighted the importance of the friendly cooperation between China and Botswana since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1975. "It is worth noting that whether China was poor or rich, whether Botswana was poor or rich, China never stopped its assistance to the Botswana friend," he pointed out. Recently, two governments were working on the construction of two primary schools with Chinese grant assistance, and China would send an expert task team to Botswana for the feasibility study of selected North-South Water Carrier projects, to name just a few. In conclusion, Ambassador Zhao reiterated his role as a friendship builder and promoter between the countries, and anticipated joint efforts from both sides.

Hon. Minister Matambo in his remarks appreciated the Chinese government for its generous assistance and assured that the donation would be used in a wise way to serve the need of flood disaster relief. He believed that the donation would further cement the long standing relationship between the governments of China and Botswana.

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