-Urged to bolster relations
The Ambassador of Botswana designated to Japan, retired Major General Gotsileone Morake on Tuesday paid a courtesy call to the President Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi. In his remarks, the president alluded to the ambassador that Japan is in many ways experiencing what Botswana is experiencing hence his decision to send him there. Masisi urged the ambassador to bolster the strong relation Botswana has with Japan.
“Japan in many ways represents a lot of what we experience in Botswana; it is small in size but continues to be a success a story our similarities became evident particularly after we pronounced our desire to transform from a resource to knowledge based economy. What better place to represent us than Japan and the other countries in the Far East that you will be accredited to,” Masisi said.
The President said Japan was a key example in breaking the barriers of technological advancement and urged Morake to use his period there to forge stronger ties in order to assist Botswana attain the milestones of Vision 2036.
Masisi said he hoped the ambassador designate would continue with his consistent, ‘unblemished execution of duty’ that he had shown in his national service. Morake thanked the President for the appointment and promised to use his period as an envoy to promote the country’s interests with diligence.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the country as ambassador to Japan and other countries of accreditation such as South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines. As an ambassador, my duty will be to advance Botswana’s national interests, and to articulate our position on various issues after deriving direction from the President and Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation,” Morake said.
Morake promised to look at boosting business and educational opportunities for Batswana and stated that he would look to draw lessons from Japan and South Korea in particular, in terms of technological advancement.
Morake said his experience as a Botswana Defence Force employee and his education, which included a Master’s Degree in International Relations had prepared him well for the diplomacy assignment.