Botswana admits “There is a lot to learn from Rwanda.”


Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi has said that there is a lot to learn from Rwanda’s social economic progress over the years.

President Mokgweetsi was speaking at a joint press conference in Gaborone, Botswana alongside President Paul Kagame at the end of the latter’s two-day state visit to the southern African country.

The Botswana President said that deeper cooperation between the two countries will provide an opportunity to learn from each other consequently fast tracking progress.

“There is a lot to learn from Rwanda. We went to Rwanda for part of the tour by the vision council, as part of putting together the national vision. We learnt from Rwanda not to be scared of your own. We want the population of Botswana to embrace that,” he said.

He said that Rwanda had managed to create a good environment for innovation, which he said is replicable by other countries, including his own.

It is such an ecosystem, he said, that encouraged a Botswana innovator, Fred Swaniker, to open a university in Kigali, Africa Leadership University.

Other aspects he said that his nation could learn from Rwanda include reducing bureaucracy and dealing with red tape.

On his part, Kagame said that the cooperation between the countries is an ideal learning and opportunity to facilitate growth.

“Everyone is most welcome to Rwanda, whenever each one of you comes to our country, you will be made to feel at home. You are among brothers and sisters,” he said.

Both countries have vowed to strengthen ties.

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