Angola and Botswana sign general cooperation agreement

1 March 2006

Luanda, Angola, 01 March – Angola and Botswana signed an economic, scientific and cultural cooperation agreement in Luanda Tuesday, at the end of official talks between the countries, to strengthen bilateral relations, officials said Wednesday.

The agreements signatories were Angola and Botswana’s Foreign Relations Ministers, João Bernardo de Miranda and Mompati Merafhe, respectively.

Miranda told the press that the signed agreements were an expression of the two countries’ wish to cooperate in various areas.

He said that Angola stood to gain a lot from the agreements as, according to him, Botswana was one of the countries in southern Africa that had been most successful in reforming its economy and administration.

Angola and Botswana are founding members of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), an organization whose members also include South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Lesotho, Mauritius, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (Macauhub)