Kenya High Commission
 in Botswana

Kenya-Botswana Bilateral Relations

Bilateral Relations

Kenya and Botswana established bilateral relations immediately after Botswana attained her independence in 1966.

Kenya opened a fully-fledged High Commission in 2001 while Botswana upgraded its Consulate in Kenya in June 2006.

The relations between the two countries are warm as evidenced by exchange of high level visits, the latest being H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta’s state visit to Botswana in June 2016 at the invitation of H.E President Lt. Gen. Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama. President Kenyatta held bilateral talks with his host in the areas of Trade, Agriculture and tourism during the Visit.  H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended an invitation H.E President Seretse Khama to visit to Kenya on dates to be mutually agreed. During the state visit, the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Integrated Water Resources Management and Water services and  MoU on Tourism Cooperation.  On 28th November 2017 President Khama visited Kenya to attend the inauguration ceremony  of H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and also in in December 2013 to attend the 50th Golden Jubilee celebrations.

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The signing of the Framework to establish the Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation (JPCC) in 2001 has served to enhance cooperation in various areas of mutual interest. As a result, agreements and Memorandum of Understanding in Agriculture, Mining, Air Services, Culture, Education, Tourism, Trade, Forest Resource Management among others have enhanced the level of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. A number of benchmarking and study tours have contributed to sharing of information and technical expertise in various specialties have taken place for mutual benefit. The JPCC meetings are held biennially and the 4th  Session of the JPCC was hosted by the Government of Botswana in May 2015.

Investment and Trade

The trade levels between the two countries are low with prospects for improvement following the signing of the MOU on trade, Investment and industry signed by the Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization, Commerce and Trade, Hon. Adan Mohammed and his Botswana counterpart Hon. In 2015, Kenya’s exports to Botswana stood at Kshs108 Million (approximately USD 1.04) while imports stood at Kshs. 26 Million (approximately USD250,000) with the balance of trade being in favor of Kenya. In June 2016, the 2nd Kenya Botswana Business Forum was officially opened by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta on the sidelines of the State Visit and it is expected that the signing of MoU by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Business Botswana will go a long way in enhancing the level of trade. These initiatives will serve to further enhance collaboration in trade and investment matters. Botswana companies namely Choppies the largest Supermarket Chain in Botswana, Letshego Holdings and Wilderness Safaris have already established their presence in Kenya.