Botswana joint commission concludes
Strengthening bilateral relations
18 September 2021 | Ministries
Frans Kapofi; Defence minister; “Our bilateral relations have been strengthened and deepened …”
The 29th session of the Namibia/Botswana joint permanent commission on defence and security concluded in Swakopmund on Thursday, with more than 100 delegates in attendance.
Namibia’s minister of defence and veterans affairs, Frans Kapofi who is also the chairperson of the commission, led the Namibian delegation for the four-day session. The delegation from Botswana was led by Thomas Mmusi, that country’s minister of defence, justice and security.
The ministers reaffirmed their commitment and desire for the two countries to continue sharing natural resources, as well as ensuring cross-border safety and the security of the nationals of both countries.
“Our bilateral relations have been strengthened, and we have agreed on how we can implement agreed instruments in the best interest of the people of both countries,” Kapofi said.
He added that he was pleased with the constructive spirit in which the session was conducted, with the support and participation of the senior officials and the ministers present.
“During our deliberations, we focused on some critical matters affecting defence and security cooperation between our two countries, mainly issues of common interest such as maintenance of peaceful co-existence, and the strengthening of closer and effective cooperation between our law enforcement agencies,” Kapofi said.
“Matters of defence and security are the foundation of the welfare of our people, and central to the execution of our countries’ respective developmental agenda. It is therefore commendable that our nations have maintained meetings of the joint permanent commission on defence and security for almost three decades,” Mmusi added.
Among other matters discussed, the commission noted with regret the unfortunate incident that resulted in the death of the Nchindo brothers and their Zambian cousin along the Chobe River.
The commission said the joint investigation had been concluded, and that the Botswana Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) has initiated legal proceedings into the matter.
The commission also urged the two countries to expedite consultations and the implementation of the issue of a 24 hour operation and one-stop border post concept at the Mamuno/Trans-Kalahari Border posts.
The next commission between the two countries will be known as the bi-national commission on defence and security.
The inaugural session of the commission will be held in Botswana after a date is confirmed.