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1. The 16th Session of the Botswana/Zambia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security was held in Lusaka, Zambia, from 30th May to 3rd June, 2011.

2. The delegation of the Republic of Zambia was led by Hon. Dr. Kalombo T. MWANSA, MP, Minister of Defence and included Hon. Mkhondo D. LUNGU, MP, Minister of Home Affairs and other senior Government officials.

3. The delegation of the Republic of Botswana was led by Hon. Edwin J.
BATSHU, MP, Acting Minister of Defence, Justice and Security and included Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Hon. Letlhogonolo P.
SIELE, MP, and other senior Government officials.

4. The Commission reviewed the implementation of the resolutions passed during the 15th Session of the Commission, held from 2nd to 4th November, 2010 in Gaborone, Botswana and noted, with satisfaction, that most of the resolutions had been implemented. The Commission called for the speedy implementation of the few outstanding resolutions. 

5. The two delegations re-affirmed the important role of the Commission in resolving security issues along the common border and between the two countries.  This had contributed to the existing strong relations between the two countries and the Defence and Security Services, in particular.

6. The Commission noted with concern, however, that transnational crimes, such as motor vehicle thefts, drug and human trafficking, illegal migration, smuggling of goods, poaching, and other forms of crime, had continued to pose security problems for the two countries.
For this reason, the Commission challenged relevant security institutions in both countries to map-out joint strategies aimed at curbing these threats.

7. The Commission noted that Zambia was preparing for Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government elections in 2011 and wished the country peaceful elections.

8. The Commission also noted that Zambia will be hosting the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) Conference in June, 2011 and wished the country success in this important undertaking.

9. The Commission commended Zambia for her efforts in finding solutions to political challenges facing the region in her capacity as Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation.

10. The Zambian delegation thanked their counterparts from Botswana for accepting the invitation to the 16th Session of the Commission, which underscored the commitment of the two countries to the business of the Commission. 

11. The Botswana delegation extended an invitation to their Zambian counterparts to the 17th Session of the Commission to be held on a date and venue to be communicated later.

12. The Zambian delegation accepted the invitation and wished the Botswana delegation a safe passage back home.

13. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere characteristic of the excellent relations that exist between Botswana and Zambia.

Lusaka, Zambia
2nd June, 2011


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