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News Date : 25 January, 2024

China-Botswana Collaboration: Bridging Economic Divide Through Partnerships Agriculture and Natural Resources

In a significant step towards strengthening bilateral ties, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) engaged in a collaborative discussion with the Chinese Embassy, paving the way for innovative agricultural partnerships between the two nations. The meeting, held at the China Ambassador's official residence on the 23rd of January, underscored the commitment of both parties to address key issues central to cooperation.

The BUAN delegation, led by Prof. Ketlhatlogile Mosepele (Vice Chancellor of BUAN), included esteemed members such as Prof. Goemeone Mogomotsi (Council Secretary & Head of Legal), Prof. Utlwang Batlang (, Mr. Kealeboga Pifelo - Director of Business Development, and Mr. Kabelo Mosarwe - Executive Coordinator (Office of the Vice Chancellor). The Chinese Embassy Delegation, led by H.E. Wang Xuefeng, included representatives from various departments, emphasizing the comprehensive nature of the collaboration.

The substantive agenda covered a wide array of topics, reflecting the depth and breadth of the cooperation. Discussions ranged from developments at BUAN and a review of China-Botswana cooperation to Botswana's agricultural scenario and challenges. Notably, the meeting delved into collaboration in traditional medicinal plant cultivation, emphasizing the importance of leveraging agriculture and natural resources as key pillars for Botswana's food sustainability.

In his opening remarks, Ambassador Wang Xuefeng highlighted the ongoing agricultural cooperation between BUAN and Chinese institutes, emphasizing the untapped opportunities awaiting exploration. He stressed the need to map out future initiatives, especially in the context of agriculture and natural resources, which are crucial for Botswana's long-term sustainability.

Prof. Ketlhatlogile Mosepele, the Vice Chancellor of BUAN, provided insights into BUAN's formation, strategy, and mission. He underscored the importance of research intensiveness and the development of partnerships at local, regional, and international levels. The Vice Chancellor also outlined current initiatives, including collaborations with Chinese companies involving drone technology, tractor donations, and signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs). Emphasizing the need for increased collaborations, he reiterated BUAN's commitment to research, particularly in medicine and medicine production technologies.

BUAN's wish list, presented during the meeting, included aspirations for infrastructural developments, academic collaborations, reserved slots for BUAN in China Government scholarships, commercialization of BUAN's agriculture and natural resources activities, pursuit of technology and expertise, and research advancement.

The meeting concluded with both parties expressing their commitment to the successful implementation of discussed opportunities. A symbolic handshake between the heads of the delegations signified the spirit of cooperation between Botswana and China. As the collaboration moves forward, it holds the promise of not only bridging economic divides but also fostering a sustainable and mutually beneficial partnership between these two nations. The exchange of knowledge, technology, and resources is set to leave a lasting impact on the agricultural landscape of Botswana, showcasing the potential for international cooperation to address global challenges.