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New Natural Diamond Prosperity for Botswana by Removing the Blemish of Russian Diamonds

Botswana has the opportunity to better distinguish the provenance of its diamonds on the global market, introduce the world to cutting-edge traceability technologies

Diamonds tell stories of love, inspiration, and development.  Botswana’s incredible diamonds-for-development story already inspires consumers in Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States when they ask about the provenance of their diamonds. With its legacy of good governance and democracy, Botswana diamonds can…

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Africa Leaders Summit – One Year Later

The Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to evolving engagement with Africa has borne fruit, with collaborative efforts addressing shared challenges and seizing opportunities

One year after the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held in Washington DC from December 13-15,2022, the strengthened partnership between the United States and African nations has made significant strides. The Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to evolving engagement with Africa has borne fruit, with collaborative efforts addressing shared challenges and seizing opportunities. The…

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United States (U.S.) Embassy Botswana Joins Forces with Partners to Address Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence is a global dilemma that reaches across all levels of society in every region of the world

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) starts with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and culminates with Human Rights Day on December 10. These two markers symbolize what we know to be true: achieving gender equality is not possible without addressing…

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Launch of Wildlife Forensic Laboratory in Kasane

This center will help Botswana strengthen its forensic science capabilities to better investigate and prosecute wildlife crimes and serve as a center for excellence in Southern Africa

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), has awarded a $2.6 million grant to Virginia Tech and the Kasane-based NGO, Centre for African Resources: Animals, Communities and Land Use (CARACAL) that will establish a new Wildlife Forensic Laboratory in Kasane.  The Wildlife Forensic…

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The United States (U.S.) Government and Southern African Development Community (SADC) Renew Development Partnership

The agreement outlines coordination between SADC and the U.S. government, as well as a commitment to work with local non-governmental actors, other donors, regional organizations, and the private sector

Today, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), committed to continue a transformative partnership that will improve the quality of life for the people of Southern Africa. This five-year regional development objective agreement, with a total USAID government…

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Vice President Harris Announces Over $7 Billion in Commitments to Promote Climate Resilience, Adaptation, and Mitigation across Africa

These new investments and initiatives will generate significant economic benefits while addressing African nations’ pressing needs resulting from the climate crisis, including food security challenges

In Lusaka, Zambia, in response to Vice President Kamala Harris’s call for the private sector to promote and enhance climate resilience, adaptation and mitigation across Africa, the private sector made over $7 billion in new commitments. Additionally, the U.S. Government is announcing new federal funding and initiatives to expand access to…

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A Time to Reflect on the Gains and Challenges We Face As We Strive Towards Epidemic Control

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease internationally

World AIDS Day, which falls on December 1, is a day to remember our friends, family, co-workers, and loved ones lost to HIV.  It is also a day to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to recognize and support the 360,000 people in Botswana who are living with the virus to…

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), Botswana Renew Cooperation on Infrastructure

In 2014, the Government of Botswana became the first partner country under USTDA’s Global Procurement Initiative

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency and Government of Botswana have renewed a longstanding partnership to develop high-quality infrastructure for the people of Botswana. In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), USTDA and Botswana’s Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) agreed to cooperate on the delivery of training and technical assistance to…

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U.S. Government Promotes Botswana’s Environmental Resilience and Supports HIV Epidemic Control

The Ambassador helped launch a rehabilitation center for orphaned elephants that will facilitate their eventual return to the wild

U.S. Ambassador Craig L. Cloud travelled to Maun on May 4 to visit partners and U.S. government-funded projects demonstrating the United States’ support for Botswana’s economic and environment resiliency and community health. During a visit to the Elephant Havens, the Ambassador helped launch a rehabilitation center for orphaned elephants that…

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U.S. Special Operations Team and BDF Special Forces Regiment Train to Strengthen Bilateral Partnership and Security Posture

The training further developed interoperability and capacity building through the long-standing military to military relationship between the U.S. and Botswana

U.S. Ambassador Craig Cloud joined Botswana Defence Force Director of the Directorate of Special Operations on March 16, 2022 for a closing ceremony of the Joint Combined Exercise Training (JCET) aimed at strengthening response to contemporary and future security challenges at Thebephatswa Air Base.  Commander, Air Arm Command, Major General HT…