Archive for October 6th, 2010

source: News24
2010-10-05 20:04

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma was not disappointed at last year’s move by Botswana to sign an interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU, a move some viewed as a threat to the Southern Africa Customs Union’s future.

“I’m not disappointed at all… I don’t think there was room to be disappointed,” Zuma told journalists in Pretoria, following a bilateral meeting with Botswana President Ian Khama.

“There were also other countries that signed, not only Botswana. While working as a collective, there are individual interests of other countries that must be considered… in negotiations, we try to balance this out.”

EPAs are aimed at creating free trade areas between Europe and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States countries.

The Sacu attempts to facilitate trade [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

* A hundred cries, but how much can Khama get from SA?
*Cries include securing power purchase accord for Mmamabula
*Getting SA to end snubbing Bots emergency travel documents
*SA wants to convert billion Pula cross-border trade to Zim

It is no ordinary state visit as President Ian Khama yesterday led one of the most powerful delegations to get neighbour South Africa to change its stance and policies that threaten to throttle Botswana’s investment prospects.

Under normal circumstances, it should have been a state visit by only the President and a few staff, just to go and cement relations with a neighbour. But this one is a difficult one, headed by [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Loyiso Langeni
6 October 2010

Johannesburg — PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma yesterday won over an important regional ally in calling for sanctions on Zimbabwe to be lifted.

Botswana President Ian Khama, a strident critic of President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF), for the first time publicly called for western sanctions on elements of Zimbabwe’s unity government to be lifted.

“We strongly feel that the sanctions are a hindrance … as the political and economic situation is improving,” Lt-Gen Khama said.

He was speaking in Pretoria after talks with Mr Zuma at the start of a two-day state visit.

Botswana has been the lone Southern African Development Community voice insisting sanctions remain. It was also a vocal critic of human rights abuses and the persecution of political opponents . This contrasted with SA’s refusal to rebuke Mr Mugabe.

“I was proven right to some point that the sanctions that were put in place (against Zimbabwe) were correct in my view,” Lt-Gen Khama said.

He said the government of Botswana made a decision to [continue reading]