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Botswana’s diplomatic ties with Australia deepen as it pledges its support for Australia’s bid for membership in the UN Security Council. This pronouncement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Mr. Phandu Skelemani, during a one day visit by his Australian counterpart Mr. Stephen Smith.  The Messers discussed issues of national importance. Mr. Skelemani lauded Australia’s divers assistance to Botswana which ranges from fire-fighting, the preservation of natural resources, education agreements to funding the training of doctors to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  According to Mr. Skelemani, Australia’s involvement in peace-keeping missions and security issues around the world warranted support for its UN bid as it was in a position to better articulate and advise on such matters. On issues of regional and continental concern, Mr. Smith confirmed that the situation in Zimbabwe was discussed and possible ways in which Botswana and Australia might cooperate to deliver humanitarian and capacity building assistance were explored.
Botswana and India signed bilateral agreements on Agriculture and Education during the three (3) day visit by the Vice-President of India, His Honour Mohammed Hamid Ansari from 9 – 11 January 2010. The visit, which was at the invitation of His Honour the Vice President, Lieutenant General Mompati Merafhe served to enhance well established diplomatic relations between the two nations which go as far back as the year of Botswana’s independence in 1966. The two countries have in the past signed numerous agreements in an effort to foster economic, socio-cultural and political ties.
Satisfaction levels with business conditions in Botswana have experienced a significant upturn from 40% to 47% between March and November 2009. Business confidence in both the domestic and international markets for 2010 as a whole rose to 59%. Economic growth is expected to be 1.7% and 2.6% for 2009 and 2010 respectively. Inflation expectations for 2010 have been revised downwards by 0.3% from 10.5% in the March 2009 Survey. Although business confidence is still noticeably lower than prior to the global downturn, it has markedly improved since the March 2009 survey. Businesses on the whole appear more optimistic, although there are suggestions of uncertainty and concern about the pace of recovery.  The Government’s willingness to take on significant additional debt over the medium term, rather than significantly cut expenditure is believed to have underpinned confidence in the domestic economy. The Bank of Botswana Business Expectations Survey was conducted between September and November 2009.
 Enhance Road Safety Campaigns, Ramsden
President Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama wishes all Batswana a safe and pleasant Christmas and New Year.
  Botswana and The United Nations have signed an agreement.This agreement will consolidate all UN Programmes and is estimated to cost  564 Million.Pula.
  The Minister of  Labour and Home Affairs has issued the President with the first Botswana e-Passport. He said the travel document has a chip based security .
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