Deepening ties with Botswana

Bahamas and Botswana sign MOU on mutual development

Hailing the state visit of President of Botswana Mokgweetsi Masisi to The Bahamas as a success, Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday that a memorandum of understanding was signed between the two countries to foster economic development and ensure mutual progress.

“This administration is actively strengthening its foreign policy, and the visit of the president of Botswana stands as clear evidence of this commitment,” Davis said during a joint press conference with Masisi.

“These engagements highlight our dedication to deepening existing ties and exploring new partnerships, underscoring our nation’s proactive stance in the global community.”

The prime minister has on many occasions defended his frequent travels across the globe since his election in 2021. Masisi noted that during a bilateral meeting last year, Davis invited him to The Bahamas.

Davis said that discussions between the two were “profound and wide ranging”.

“Further solidifying our commitment, I am pleased to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding between The Bahamas and Botswana,” Davis said during the press conference, which was supposed to start at 4 p.m. but did not begin until 5:47 p.m.

“This MOU, comprehensive in its scope, touches upon areas including but not limited to economic development, cultural relations, tourism, environment, agriculture, health, education, and financial services.

“Through this agreement, we aim to foster deeper collaboration, leverage our unique strengths, and jointly address challenges to ensure mutual progress.

“The challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for our nations, from tourism to governance, are mirrored in the ambitions of Botswana’s Vision 2036 and The Bahamas’ Vision 2040. We anticipate that this visit will further consolidate our partnership and pave the way for enhanced cooperation in areas that align with the vision and aspirations of both our nations.”

 Masisi did not visit The Bahamas alone. He brought several members of his Cabinet and the governor of Botswana’s Central Bank.

Masisi said, “We have had a roaringly successful visit.”

He said he was also delighted to see the famous swimming pigs in Exuma.

Masisi traveled to Exuma yesterday morning.

He praised The Bahamas’ tourism product.

“Your tourism product is among the best in the world,” he said, noting that everybody in The Bahamas welcomes you with a “radiant smile”.

He invited all Bahamians to visit Botswana.

Show More

Travis Cartwright-Carroll

Travis Cartwright-Carroll is the news editor. He covers a wide range of national issues. He joined The Nassau Guardian in 2011 as a copy editor before shifting to reporting. He was promoted to news editor in January 2023.

Related Articles

Back to top button