The argentinian Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman today received his pair of Botswana, Phandu Tombola Skelemani Chaha, who is on an official visit to the country accompanied by a large delegation. In a meeting at the Palacio San Martín, Ministers discussed various issues of bilateral relations and the international agenda.
During the meeting, Timerman thanked the support of Botswana in the Malvinas Question and the recent vote in the General Assembly of the United Nations to establish a legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring. They also agreed on the need to democratize the multilateral agencies, giving greater participation by developing countries.
Also, both ministers addressed the potential for cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the field of agriculture, livestock, industrial development, tourism and sport. In this context, the Ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations.
The relationship with Botswana takes renewed impetus to the weighting of Africa in Argentina's foreign policy. Botswana is one of the most stable countries on the continent with the longest continuous period of more democracy and democratic elections held in sub-Saharan Africa. In turn, it is known for having one of the most dynamic economies in Africa with growth of 6% in 2013, has large coal reserves and is responsible for over a fifth of the world's diamond production.
The Minister Skelemani agenda in our country includes meetings with the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Carlos Casamiquela, with whom he signed a cooperation agreement with the Minister of Tourism, Carlos E. Meyer, with the Minister of Industry, Debora Giorgi , and the Secretary of Sport, Carlos M. Espinola.
Botswanan Foreign Minister and his delegation will also visit an Experimental Station of INTA Castelar and facilities in INTI. Also hold meetings with private sector representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, agriculture, food, machinery, leather industry and mining industry.