|Botswana Government Highly Values the FOCAC|
On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Botswana, issued the following statement:
Botswana notes with satisfaction the further enhancement of China-Africa Relations as a result of the implementation of the Beijing Action Plan (2007-2009). The Beijing Summit of the FOCAC which was successfully held in November 2006 serves as an important platform for conducting effective dialogue and fruitful cooperation between China and African countries. The joint efforts of China and the African countries have led to a new strategic partnership between China and Africa. Against this backdrop, the first China-Africa Foreign Ministers' political consultation took place in New York on 26 September 2007, demonstrating once again the commitment of China and African countries to furthering the overall cooperation between the two sides.
Botswana and China enjoy mutual beneficial relations. During the past year, concrete cooperation between the two countries was registered in the areas of politics, diplomacy, economy, culture, sports and education. Some of the projects include the Section Two of construction of Letlhakeng-Kang Road and ongoing construction of low-cost Housing units. Plans are also underway of construct next year, two rural primary schools, the Gaborone Multi-function Youth Center, and establishment of Botanical Gardens around the country as well as Confucius Institute at the University of Botswana to offer courses in Chinese language and culture.
The Government of the Republic of Botswana highly values its relations with China and is committed to further enhancing the cooperation between the two countries through the implementation of the Follow-up Action of the Beijing Summit of theForum on China-Africa Cooperation.