Brasília, 27 July 2022 (TDI): The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Carlos Franca, received the Foreign Affairs Minister of Botswana, Lemogang Kwape, who is on an official visit to the country.

Outcomes of the visit:

The President of Brazil appreciated the cooperation and good relations that exist between Brazil and Botswana. As a result, he is looking forward to possible future opportunities that may help in making this bond stronger. This would help citizens of both states benefit from such a partnership.

Both the ministers discussed important subjects like health, biofuels, and cooperation. They also talked about investments, agriculture, mining, defense, food security, and international geopolitics.

Important milestones

The two officials also signed a Visa Waiver Agreement for the nationals of Brazil and Botswana. This agreement basically allows the nationals of both the states to travel for business and tourism purposes in each other’s states. Nationals are exempt from visa requirements and can stay for up to 90 days.

Along with the signing of this agreement, the two countries also discussed the issues of interest at length. This agreement will enter into force on August 26, 2022.

Knowledge-sharing on agricultural activities

The two officials also spoke at the Rio Branco Institute, giving lectures to the diplomats that were present. The main aim was to share knowledge regarding methods of agriculture and livestock production in the semi-arid region and maintain a partnership in rural cooperatives.

To counter the issues dealt with by the agricultural sector of Africa, especially in Botswana, cooperation among both Brazil and Botswana governments was carried out in 2010 by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation EMBRAPA and ABC.

However, both Brazil and Botswana have maintained good relations since 1985. They strengthened this further by opening embassies in 2007 and 2009 in each other’s states, respectively.