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Botswana engages Namibia on desalination

Botswana engages Namibia on desalination

Zorena Jantze


BOTSWANA’S President Mokgweetsi Masisi made an impromptu working visit to Namibia and engaged President Hage Geingob in advanced talks on the desalination of seawater.


The one-day working visit of President Masisi to Namibia follows an official visit to Namibia on 29 January 2021, where the two leaders held bilateral consultations on matters pertaining to border security and economic cooperation.


At that meeting, both leaders took the decision to elevate the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation to a Bi-National Commission.


BILATERAL TALKS: Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi and President Hage Geingob at the start of their impromptu meeting at State House in Windhoek. – Footage: Marthina Mutanga.


With regard to yesterday’s meeting the Namibian Presidency’s Press Secretary, Dr. Alfredo Hengari, said that Botswana and Namibia have upgraded their relationship to a bi-national level, adding that visits of this nature will be more frequent in the future as the two countries aim to strengthen their political and economic ties with each other.


According to Dr. Hengari, both Namibia and Botswana are water-stressed countries. Botswana is more so because it is landlocked.


He added that Botswana can capitalize on Namibia’s ports as well as become a partner in projects such as the desalination of seawater.


According to Dr. Hengari, the desalination project is a huge prospect and added that it will take some time to unfold.


“However, relevant committees have already been established by the two countries to assess the financial costs of the project as well as other needs,” he said.


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