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Botswana, Japan partner in natural resources

Botswana – Botswana and Japan entered into a new form of cooperation in the area of natural resources and energy during the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industrys visit to Botswana.

This was said by the Vice President, Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe, at the business symposium where he has been attending the fourth summit of the Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development (TICAD).

General Merafhe said the two countries signed an agreement to establish a geological remote sensing centre in Botswana for the exploration of mineral resources, especially rare metals, and using Japanese space satellites.

The project, he said, will offer Botswana and the region a big advantage to effectively secure basic geological information in vast areas and to mine and extract minerals for the benefit of the people.

The vice president said the geological remote sensing would help Japan and the region to complement each others efforts and develop a dynamic and forward-looking relationship in the mining sector.

We are confident that Africa’s partnership with Japan will continue to grow from strength to strength and bring great benefits to both our peoples and economies, he said. BOP