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Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR)
Minister leaves for Tokyo, Japan
04/11/11
Minister leaves for Tokyo, Japan.

Pursuant to strengthening the significant and generous bilateral assistance being rendered by Japan, the Honourable Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Dr P.H.K. Kedikilwe is undertaking an official visit to Tokyo, Japan at the invitation of the Japanese Government from the 4th to 13th November 2011.

The Ministry is benefiting from:

i. Remote sensing facilities that have been set up in Lobatse.   The total cost being USD 2.5 million, borne by the Japanese Government.

ii. A  grant of Â¥1.11 billion for which is equivalent to about USD 11 million or P77 million for the 1.3 MW pilot Photovoltaic Project at Phakalane; and

iii. Japanese Government is supporting the rehabilitation of Morupule A Power Station, through funding of the Feasibility Study, and has expressed its willingness to provide a soft Yen loan for the actual rehabilitation works.

During the official visit, the Hon Minister will also make a follow up on issues that Japanese authorities raised with His Excellency the President when he visited Japan in October, 2010.
Meanwhile, the Government of Japan announced on the 3rd November, 2011, that it has pleased His Majesty the Emperor Akihito to confer the distinction of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun to Hon. Dr. Ponatshego H Kedikilwe, for his efforts in sustaining and developing the bilateral relations between Japan and the Republic of Botswana, in his respective fields over the years.

Hon. Dr. Kedikilwe's contributions to the strengthening of the relations between Japan and Botswana include the promotion of technical cooperation in the area of natural resources and energy, especially through the newly established JOGMEC (Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Cooperation) Remote Sensing Centre in Lobatse, the promotion of renewable energy projects, such as the construction of the solar photovoltaic power plant, and the research and development of Jatropha biofuel energy production, as well as the contribution to Japan-Africa cooperation through the TICAD process, to name a few.

Hon. Dr. Kedikilwe has reiterated that he is conscious of the fact that he is receiving the award on behalf of the people of Botswana, for appointing him to serve the country, its people and three Presidents of the Republic of Botswana.

The honour is one of the highest orders that a foreigner can receive from Japan.  Honourable Minister Kedikilwe was one of the five people chosen out of over four thousand nominees.  This year, Honourable Minister Kedikilwe is the only recipient of the decoration from the continent of Africa.

This distinction was conferred to Hon. Dr. Kedikilwe on 3rd November, 2011.  The Honourable Minister will be travelling to Japan to receive the distinction from His Majesty Emperor Akihito on the 7th November, 2011, at the Imperial Palace.
Minister Kedikilwe is expected back home on the 13th November 2011.

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