Ministry of Defence Justice and Security(MDJS)
Press Release
11/12/13
THE 18TH SESSION OF THE BOTSWANA/ZAMBIA JOINT PERMANENT COMMISSION ON DEFENCE AND SECURITY HELD IN LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA, FROM 2ND TO 5TH DECEMBER, 2013  

THE 18TH SESSION OF THE BOTSWANA/ZAMBIA JOINT PERMANENT COMMISSION ON DEFENCE AND SECURITY HELD IN LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA, FROM 2ND TO 5TH DECEMBER, 2013

 

1.          The 18th Session of the Botswana/Zambia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security was held in Livingstone, Zambia, from 2nd to 5th December, 2013.

 

2.          The delegation of the Republic of Zambia was led by Hon. Geoffrey B. MWAMBA, MP, Minister of Defence and included Hon. Stephen KAMPYONGO, MP, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, as well as Senior Government officials.

 

 

1.          The delegation of the Republic of Botswana was led by Hon. Mokgweetsi E. K. MASISI, MP, Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, and included Hon. Edwin J. BATSHU, MP, Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, as well as Senior Government officials.

 

 

2.          The Commission deliberated on issues of mutual interest in the areas of defence and security, and reviewed progress made in the implementation of resolutions passed at the 17th Session of the Commission held in Gaborone, Botswana, from 25th to 29th June, 2012, and expressed satisfaction with the progress made.  The Commission, therefore, resolved to enhance further, the existing co-operation between the defence and security institutions of the two countries.

   

 

1.          The delegation of the Republic of Botswana was led by Hon. Mokgweetsi E. K. MASISI, MP, Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, and included Hon. Edwin J. BATSHU, MP, Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, as well as Senior Government officials.

 

 

2.          The Commission deliberated on issues of mutual interest in the areas of defence and security, and reviewed progress made in the implementation of resolutions passed at the 17th Session of the Commission held in Gaborone, Botswana, from 25th to 29th June, 2012, and expressed satisfaction with the progress made.  The Commission, therefore, resolved to enhance further, the existing co-operation between the defence and security institutions of the two countries.   

 

 

 

 

3.          The Commission also reviewed the security situation in Botswana and Zambia during the period under review and noted, with satisfaction, that it had remained stable.

 

4.          In the area of public security, the Commission noted the continued co-operation in curbing cross-border crimes such as illicit drug trafficking, fraud and smuggling of goods, poaching and human trafficking.  To this end, the Commission undertook to enhance the exchange of information and capacity building to further combat these crimes.

 

 

5.          The Botswana  delegation commended Zambia for successfully co-hosting with Zimbabwe the 20th Session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly, held from 24th to 29th August, 2013 in Livingstone and Victoria Falls.  The Zambian delegation pledged Zambia’s support to Botswana during the forthcoming 2nd African Youth Games 2014 to be held in Gaborone.

 

6.          The Commission noted that Botswana hosted the African Elephant Summit from the 2nd to 4th December, 2013, which discussed strategies for managing the protection of African elephants and for dealing with illicit ivory trade.  In this regard, Botswana commended Zambia to have sent a high powered delegation to the Summit demonstrating its full support and commitment.

 

 

1.          The Commission commended the Government of the Republic of Botswana and the Government of the Republic of Zambia for their commitment towards the construction of the Kazungula Bridge across the common border.  It was noted that once completed, the bridge would ease the movement of the people between the two countries as well as improve trade in the entire region.

 

2.          The Commission noted, with appreciation, the commitment of the two countries towards the consolidation of democracy in the region.   In this regard, the Zambian delegation wished the Government and the people of Botswana successful general elections in 2014.

 

3.          Regarding the political and security situation in the region, the Commission congratulated the people of the Republic of Zimbabwe on the peaceful elections held on 31st July, 2013.

 

 

4.          In the same vein, the Commission welcomed the positive developments in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and commended the Southern African Development Community, African Union and the United Nations for their efforts aimed at finding a lasting solution to the conflict in the eastern DRC.

 

5.          Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Commission expressed concern over the unfolding developments in Mozambique. The Commission, however, expressed hope that the situation will be resolved soon.

  

 

6.          The Botswana delegation expressed its profound gratitude to the Government and the people of the Republic of Zambia for the warm hospitality accorded to it during its stay.

 

7.          The Botswana delegation extended an invitation to the Zambian delegation to attend the 19th Session of the Botswana/Zambia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security to be held in Botswana in 2014 on a date and venue to be advised. The Zambian delegation accepted the invitation and wished the Botswana delegation a safe journey back home.

 

8.          The meeting was conducted in a friendly manner, characteristic of the strong bond of friendship that exists between the two Republics.

 

Livingstone, Zambia

5th December, 2013

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