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Botswana - US Relations

The United States recognized Botswana on September 30, 1966, when the American Embassy at Gaberones (Gaborone) was established upon Botswanas attainment of independence on that same date. Botswana previously had been under British sovereignty as Bechuanaland. Diplomatic relations were established on September 30, 1966, when the American Embassy at Gaberones (Gaborone) was established with Charles H. Pletcher as Charg d'Affaires ad interim.

U.S. investment in Botswana remains at relatively low levels. Major U.S. corporations, such as Hewlett-Packard, H.J. Heinz, and AON Corporation, are present through direct investments, while others, such as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Remaxx, are present via franchise. President Bush was in Gaborone 11 July 2003 for his first visit to the diamond-rich nation. During the visit, the president and Secretary of State Colin Powell held discussions with President Festus Mogae on a wide range of topics including international terrorism and security. Pointing to Botswana's long tradition of democracy, Bush told Mogae after their meeting, "I want to commend you for your leadership. I appreciate your commitment to democracy and freedom, to rule of law and transparency. I want to congratulate you for serving your country so well."

The United States considers Botswana an excellent partner and an advocate of and model for stability in Africa. In its decades since independence, Botswana has consistently maintained a democratic government, responsibly managed its natural resources, and invested in its people and infrastructure. The bilateral relationship is strong and grounded in a shared commitment to democracy, good governance, and human rights. The United States and Botswana also share an interest in ensuring the sustainability of Botswana's success by deepening economic diversification and promoting regional economic growth and development.

Top priorities for U.S. involvement in Botswana include: our shared commitment to combating HIV and AIDS; youth outreach; support for the countrys economic diversification; cooperation with the Botswana Defense Force one of the most professional militaries on the continent and support for Botswanas conservation strategy, particularly its efforts to combat wildlife trafficking.

The United States has been a major partner in Botswana's development since its independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has a long history of working to address development needs in education, training, entrepreneurship, environmental management, and reproductive health. Botswana benefits along with its neighbors in the region from USAID's Initiative for Southern Africa and USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub. The U.S. International Board of Broadcasters operates a major Voice of America relay station in Botswana serving most of the African continent.

Botswana is one of the focus countries for PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief. PEPFAR assistance to Botswana supports sustainable, high-quality, cost-effective HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care interventions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has undertaken many projects and assisted many organizations in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Botswana. HIV/AIDS-related programs also are a focus of USAID and the Peace Corps. Together the United States and Botswana are leading the way in cutting edge approaches to addressing the epidemic, including the development of the gold standard in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission and the current 4-year, $64 million partnership between the Botswana Ministry of Health, CDC, and the Harvard School of Public Health to determine whether coordinated and strengthened community-based HIV prevention methods stop the spread of the virus better than the standard methods offered individually today.

The International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), which is jointly financed, operated and staffed by the Governments of Botswana and the United States, provides training to police and government officials from across the sub-Saharan region. More than 8.300 law enforcement professionals from 34 member states have received training from ILEA since it began offering classes in 2001.

U.S. assistance seeks to expand connections with Botswana's military leaders through military education and training programs. Programs support Botswana's interest in strengthening both domestic and regional civil-military and military-to-military relations, while improving the country's capacity to participate meaningfully in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, including within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and throughout Africa.

The United States sponsors Botswana Defense Force officers and noncommissioned officers attending courses at U.S. professional military education institutions and participating in tailored professional enhancement courses. These courses reinforce democratic principles by teaching the role of the military in a democracy, the centrality of human rights, and the rule of law. Botswana partners with North Carolina in the National Guard State Partnership Program.

The United States considers Botswana an advocate of and a model for stability in Africa and has been a major partner in Botswana's development since its independence. The U.S. Peace Corps returned to Botswana in August 2002 with a focus on HIV/AIDS-related programs after concluding 30 years of more broadly targeted assistance in 1997. Similarly, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) phased out a longstanding bilateral partnership with Botswana in 1996, after successful programs emphasizing education, training, entrepreneurship, environmental management, and reproductive health. Botswana, however, continues to benefit along with its neighbors in the region from USAID's Initiative for Southern Africa, now based in Pretoria, and USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub, headquartered in Gaborone. The United States’ International Board of Broadcasters (IBB) operates a major Voice of America (VOA) relay station in Botswana serving most of the African continent.

In 1995, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) started the BOTUSA Project in collaboration with the Botswana Ministry of Health in order to generate information to improve tuberculosis (TB) control efforts in Botswana and elsewhere in the face of the TB and HIV/AIDS co-epidemics. Under the 1999 U.S. Government's Leadership and Investment in Fighting an Epidemic (LIFE) Initiative, CDC through the BOTUSA Project has undertaken many projects and has assisted many organizations in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Botswana. Botswana is one of the 15 focus countries for PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief. PEPFAR has been supporting the Botswana national response since 2004 through technical assistance and financial support totaling more than $480 million. PEPFAR assistance to Botswana, which totaled over $87 million in FY 2010, supports sustainable, high-quality, cost-effective HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care interventions. The International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), situated just outside of Gaborone, is another example of bilateral cooperation. The academy, jointly financed, managed, and staffed by the Governments of Botswana and the United States, provides training to police and government officials from across the sub-Saharan region. The academy's permanent campus, in Otse outside of Gaborone, opened March 2003. Over 4,300 law enforcement professionals from 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have received training from ILEA since it began offering classes in 2001.





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