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Inside the Presidency-Issue No 10

The Presidency wishes to thank the nation for ensuring that the just ended Presidents’ Day Holidays were safe and secure.  Members of the public exhibited responsible and mature behavior on our roads and we believe that the peace and tranquility that we are known for was the order of the day.

On Tuesday, His Excellency the President was amongst many that attended the activities of the President’s Day celebrations where deserving individuals and groups were rewarded with awards and prize money.  President’s Day activities are dedicated to celebrating the beauty of our cultural heritage as Batswana.  The activities included traditional dance and song, drama, poetry, comedy, traditional instruments, choral and contemporary music, national arts, baskets and crafts.  The number of participants in all categories has since 2008 seen an increase as the nations’ artists, both known and unknown, compete for recognition in the display of their artistic mastery and prowess.

Resuming duty on Wednesday, His Excellency’s schedule was not particularly hectic.  Highlights of the week included the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs’ quarterly ministerial briefing and Cabinet meeting that included a visit to the National Museum and Art Gallery to view an art exhibition on display.

Meanwhile, His Honour the Vice President left for Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China on Monday 19th July on a three-day official visit at the invitation of the Government of the People’s Republic of China.  During the visit, Vice President Merafhe will officiate at the Botswana Fair of the ongoing Shanghai Expo 2010 which is being held in China, and also hold a series of meetings with Chinese Government and the Chinese Business Community.

The Vice President is accompanied by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Dorcus Makgato-Malesu, senior government officials and BEDIA representatives.  From China, the Vice President will proceed to Kampala, Uganda where he will attend the 15th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) from 24th to 27th July. 

The summit is expected to discuss among other issues, the appointment of members of the African Commission on Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights; Report of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights; Review of the AU scale of assessment; transformation of the African Union Commission into an African Union Authority as well as administrative and budgetary matters.  Vice President Merafhe is expected back home on the 28th July 2010.

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