Botswana's president calls for speedy implementation of regional projects
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Botswana's President Seretse Khama Ian Khama, noting that his landlocked country looks to Namibia as a strategic neighbour, has called for the speedy implementation of bilateral and regional projects which are vital for the development of both economies.
Addressing a joint session of the Namibian Parliament here Wednesday, he said: "It is therefore my belief that the completion of bilateral and regional projects such as the Trans-Kalahari railway line will result in increased benefits for our countries."
Other projects, such as the development of a dry port facility for Botswana at the Namibian port of Walvis Bay and the creation of a one-stop border post between the two countries, would also boost trade and increase access to regional markets, the visiting president said.
President Khama said his visits to Namibia on a personal and official basis were a clear demonstration of the excellent relations which Botswana and Namibia continued to enjoy and that as long as he was in office, the good relations would remain in place.
"The fact that we share common ideals and aspirations is an indication that we will achieve a lot more as we continue to maintain a unified position of solidarity at bilateral, regional and international level," the Botswana leader said.
President Khama on Wednesday also visited the Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) and he returned to Botswana later in the day.