France–Botswana cooperation on digital transformation

Diplomatic relations between Botswana and France date back to Botswana’s independence. Based on shared democratic values, the bilateral relationship is confident and friendly and was boosted by the opening of an embassy in Gaborone in July 2000, when the headquarters of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) moved to the city.

The head of the French diplomatic mission is also France’s Special Representative to the SADC.

In March 2019, Botswana opened a fully functioning embassy in Paris (France was previously covered from Brussels) symbolising the strength of the ties between the two countries. France, seen as having economic capabilities, is also attractive because of its culture, including fashion, which translates into significant tourism. The teaching of French in public schools reflected Botswana’s apprehension of the place of this language in international communication, including in Africa. The relations are based on a foundation of shared values: human rights, the rule of law, democracy, interstate relations subject to international law, and the United Nations Charter.

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