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SIGNING CEREMONY OF BILATERAL AIR SERVICE AGREEMENT (BASA) B...
23/05/14
SPEECH BY THE  MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS, HONOURABLE NONOFO E. MOLEFHI AT THE SIGNING CEREMONY OF BILATERAL AIR SERVICE AGREEMENT (BASA) BETWEEN BOTSWANA AND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

• Your Excellency Charge’d’ Affaires Michael Murphy;
• Permanent Secretaries and Senior Government Officials
• Members of Diplomatic Corps,
• Members of the Media fraternity;
• Distinguished Guests, ladies and Gentlemen


 Good Morning


1. Its my pleasure and honour for me to sign the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between Botswana and United States of America.
2. Let me take this opportunity, on behalf of, the Government and the people of the Republic of Botswana, to welcome you to the signing ceremony of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement.

Ladies and Gentlemen


3. The signing of the BASA which we have just witnessed is partly to re-affirm the need to deepen our international relations. It is also an integral part of the implementation of the Chicago Convention which calls for each contracting State to give other contracting States  the right to use the other State’s airspace as per the freedoms in the encapsulated Convention.


4. This BASA will provide for the elimination of non-tariff barriers to trade, an integrated, seamless and effective air transport network that offers the best choices of connectivity at affordable fares for both passengers and cargo.

5. The agreement will impact on the growth of the economy of Botswana through enhancing trade and tourism hence Botswana is strives to bring its aviation infrastructure up to the required ICAO standards. We are currently developing the three major airports namely Sir Seretse Khama ,Maun and Kasane  Airports in to modern international airports  with all the required facilities. Run-ways extensions and air side works for these three airports have been completed.


Ladies and Gentlemen,


6. Recognising that the USA cooperation is indispensable to the realisation of national,  and international objectives of the civil aviation sector, Botswana as a contracting State is committed to ensure compliance with International Civil Aviation Organisation Standards in accordance with the Convention on International Civil Aviation of 1944.Botswana is also currently liberalising its domestic Air Transport Sector which is a  step in the right direction as we know that competition propels institutional to continue to improve on services rendered.

Distinguished Guests


7. It is my belief that the air transport policies that have been promulgated time are now being rigorously implemented, through the granting of fifth freedom rights and the open sky policy.

8. It is a fact that without efficient aviation services, business and travel is a mammoth undertaking. We need a reliable and well-integrated air transport that provides services to both passengers and business. You will bear witness that without good air transport connections, passenger travel transport becomes a tedious activity that discourages travelling.

Ladies and Gentlemen


9. In conclusion, let me take this opportunity to thank Mr Michael Murphy, the Charge’ d Affaires from the American Embassy and the USA government for finding this time to conclude our Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA). I would also like to thank my team and the staff of the American Embassy for making this ceremony a success.


Kea Leboga
Muito Obrigado,
Thank You,
Merci Beacoup
Pula! Pula! Pula!

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