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Minister Kedikilwe honoured in Japan

The Honourable Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Dr Ponatshego H K Kedikilwe returned from a nine day official visit to Japan, at the Invitation of the Government of Japan, on the 13thNovember 2011.

During the official Visit, Dr Kedikilwe was bestowed the distinction of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun  by Crown Prince Naruhito on behalf of His Majesty the Emperor Akihito, on 7th November 2011, at an investiture ceremony that was held at the Imperial Palace.  The award, which is the highest that is awarded by the Japanese Government to foreign dignitaries, is in recognition of Dr Kedikilwe’s efforts in sustaining and developing the bilateral relations between Japan and the Republic of Botswana during his service to the Nation.  Out of 4000 persons that were considered for the award only 5 were selected.  Dr Kedikilwe was the only African bestowed this award this year.

Dr Kedikilwe’s told officials, at the various official meetings that he held, that he felt humbled and honoured by the recognition, which, in essence, was bestowed on him on behalf of the people of Botswana, who he had been privileged to serve over the years.  He told the distinguished guests, at the various engagements, that this was but a great honour to Botswana.

He held Ministerial talks with;

1. Hon Yukio Edano, the Minister of Economy Trade and Industry; 2. Honourable Ken Okuda, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; and 3. Honourable Ryuji Yamane, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. 

He also held official talks with Executive Managements of;

a) Itochu Corporation and Itochu Mineral Resources on investment opportunities in Botswana;
b) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on investment opportunities in the minerals and energy sectors of Botswana;
c) Forevermark, where he was apprised of trends in the Diamond market;
d) Uchihara Group, where he was apprised of their efforts in the promoting of Botswana’s Diamonds, through their SA*Birth Brand;
e) Japan International Cooperation (JICA), where the Study on Morupule A refurbishment and the Kazungula Bridge, among other projects were discussed;
f) Japan International Cooperation System (JICS) where the grant funded ¥1.11billion Japanese 1.3MW Phakalane Photovoltaic Project was discussed;
g) Japan Oil, Gas and Metal Corporation (JOGMEG), where one of the issues discussed was that of the ongoing metal exploration in Botswana;
h) Two Professors from Akita University which has collaborative arrangements with both the University of Botswana and the Botswana International University of Science and Technology in skill development and capacity building.
i) SADC Ambassadors, at which he briefed the Ambassadors on ongoing regional cooperation initiatives;
j) Researchers from Nara Institute of Technology who are doing research on Jatropha, Water Melon and Potato in collaboration with Botswana entities;
k) Two Scientists who have made an input in the formulation of the revised Botswana Science and Technology Policy.
The Minister visited Isogo Power Station that utilizes cutting edge technology in generating of Power through clean coal technology.The power station has the lowest emission for a thermal power station around the globe. Dr Kedikilwe then proceeded to visit Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, to have an insight and appreciation of the rich culture of Japan.

Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources
Public Relations Unit
Tel: 365 6641/6610
Fax: 390 9368

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