Mmegi Online :: Mugabe receives Kokorwe credentials
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Mugabe receives Kokorwe credentials

Botswana's new ambassador to Zimbabwe and former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Gladys Kokorwe, presented her credentials to Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe in Harare last Thursday.
By Staff Writer Sun 18 Nov 2018, 13:07 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Mugabe receives Kokorwe credentials








The former Member of Parliament (MP) for Kweneng South and former Shoshong MP  Gobopang Lefhoko, were appointed Ambassador and High Commissioner to Zimbabwe and Namibia respectively by President Ian Khama early last month.

Presenting her letters of credence in Harare, Kokokwe acknowledged that Botswana and Zimbabwe have enjoyed convivial relations over the years. "I assured the president of my aim to strengthen the relationship and promote political dialogue between our two countries," Kokorwe said.

She also promised to make follow-ups on the bilateral agreements and resuscitate meetings between the two countries. "It is only during such meetings that we can consult and iron out any differences between us," Kokorwe said. She also called on the two countries to establish a Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC). "My aim is to resuscitate the discussions under the auspices of the JPCC, which have hitherto stalled," she said. She added that the Cultural Agreement signed in July 1998 with the aim of fostering cultural relations and promoting people-to-people interaction through cultural exchanges would be revived. Kokorwe further said a number of other projects are in the pipeline in the area of cultural exchanges that "our embassy in Harare is

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promoting and facilitating". "We are confident that such activities will not only bring people closer together, but also enhance relations between our two governments," Kokorwe said.

She also promised to follow up on the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement, which was initialed by officials of the two countries and never concluded at ministerial level. Such accords, she said, had the potential to boost investor confidence and increase level of investment between the two countries. "My aim is therefore to ensure that this agreement is concluded for the mutual benefit of our business communities and peoples," she said.

The Zimbabwean mission is also accredited to Malawi, Mozambique and Mauritius. Ambassador Kokorwe has served in the Government of Botswana for 23 years in various capacities.  She worked in the civil service from 1972 to 1994.  She retired from the public service in 1994 and was elected MP for Kweneng South Constituency. In 1999 she was appointed Assistant Minister of Local Government and was elected Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly in 2004.  In April last year she was appointed Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, a position she held until the October 16 general election.

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