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55TH JAMHURI DAY CELEBRATIONS HELD IN GABORONE

H.E. Amb. (Hon). Mohamed Shidiye on 5th December 2018, hosted the 55th Jamhuri day celebrations in Gaborone. The event was attended by senior Government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Kenyans living in Botswana and other key partners. The guest of honour was Honourable Nonofo Molefhi, Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Botswana.

H.E. Amb. Shidiye, in his speech noted that Kenya’s independence was a culmination of a long and painful struggle for self-determination to rid the country of colonial rule. He added that the fruit of self-rule over the last 55 years reminds us that the hard-won freedom, peace and stability must be jealously guarded by all. Amb. Shidiye said that the celebrations gave Kenyans the opportunity to honour and salute the country’s citizens who had significantly contributed to the socio-economic transformation.

The High Commissioner acknowledged that the day also allowed Kenyans to celebrate the long standing vibrant relationship between Kenya and Botswana which predated the establishment of official diplomatic ties. H.E. Amb. Shidiye said that Kenya has continued to witness growth and socio-economic transformation on which her future prosperity depended. Kenya hosted the world to the sustainable Blue Economic Conference, on 26th – 28th November 2018 which afforded delegates the opportunity to conduct advanced discussion on the two important pillars of the Blue economy: Sustainability, climate change and controlling pollution on one hand, and production, accelerated economic growth, jobs and poverty alleviation on the other.

Amb. Shidiye assured the Botswana Business Community that Kenya remains open for business and encouraged them to take advantage of the country’s fully liberalised economy. Kenya is ranked 61 on the 2017/18 World Bank ease of doing business index. This ranking is attributed to Kenya’s focus on growth and increased competitiveness of domestic companies, and the attraction of local and foreign investors to invest capital and expertise into the economy.

The Guest of Honour, Mr. Molefhi acknowledged the deepening and broadening of the scope of bilateral cooperation between Kenya and Botswana. These efforts, he said, were further stimulated by the high level exchange visits between the two countries.

Mr. Molefhi informed that Botswana continues to host Kenyan professionals who contribute to the socio-economic development of Botswana. He said bilateral cooperation between Kenya and Botswana continues to grow even beyond government activities, citing the second Kenya-Botswana Diaspora Investment Forum held in June 2018.

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