Development: A key lesson for Botswana

Chinese President Xi Jinping stands by national flags at the Schloss Bellevue presidential residency in Berlin on March 28, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a landmark visit to fellow export powerhouse Germany Friday, the third leg of his European tour, expected to cement flourishing trade ties and focus on the Crimea crisis.
AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese President Xi Jinping stands by national flags at the Schloss Bellevue presidential residency in Berlin on March 28, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a landmark visit to fellow export powerhouse Germany Friday, the third leg of his European tour, expected to cement flourishing trade ties and focus on the Crimea crisis. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

In the modern history of world politics, the BRICS mechanism comprising of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa is proving to be a very vital platform for cooperation among the emerging markets and developing countries as these countries have become important engines driving world economic recovery and growth through the South-South Cooperation. All the members of the BRICS countries have a well-established diplomatic relationship with Botswana and have embassies in Botswana.

This group of countries through solid support from all sides have successfully held over 90 meetings and events so far in 2022, covering diverse issues such as politics, security, economic, trade, financial, people-to-people and cultural fields as well as sustainable development and public health.

The highlight of the BRICS in 2022 was the 14th BRICS Summit and the High-Level Dialogue on Global Development that was held from June 23-24. There are some important issues that were raised by the President of People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping during the summit that a developing country like Botswana can learn and intensify its relationship with the mechanism so as to maximise some socio-economic benefits especially in the volatile global economy that has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In his remarks during the High-Level Dialogue on Global Development themed Forging High-Quality Partnership for New Era of Global Development, President Xi pointed out that “over the years, developing countries have worked unremittingly to explore development path that is suited for their national realities and to pursue economic and social development and that such efforts have produced remarkable outcomes, today emerging markets and developing countries account for half of the world economy and notable progress has been made in education, social development, culture and many other areas”.

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

That is indeed a welcome development, especially looking at the fact that the manual way of doing things is slowly disappearing and competency in the use of computers and other digital gadgets has become a must.The simple way of looking at it is just an example that almost all companies have gone completely digital and school leavers will be better placed after leaving school, because they will already be familiar with the use of computers.The...

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