Botswana–Israel relations

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Botswana-Israel relations
Map indicating locations of Botswana and Israel

Botswana

Israel

Israel and Botswana have official relations though neither country maintains a formal consulate or embassy in the other. The two countries, nevertheless, have reached cooperate agreements at the government level and there is private sector activity between the two countries.

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations[edit]

The two countries established diplomatic ties in 1993 after Israel and the PLO signed the Oslo Accords. In February 2012, a Dan Shaham-Ben-Hayun presented his diplomatic credentials to Botswana as an official representative.[1] However, he is currently based in Namibia.

Economic Ties[edit]

Six Israeli-centered diamond firms have operations in Botswana's Gaborone Diamond District, apparently employing about 1,000 Botswana citizens.[2]

Education[edit]

In December 2012, Ben Gurion University agreed to facilitate a new institution called the Botswana International University of Science and Technology. BGU will be in charge of teaching and building the university's research capacity. Students from the African country will also be invited to Israel to complete their studies before returning to build the staff of the university. According to Israeli ambassador Dan Shaham, "Some 250 students will be selected to begin their studies in the coming months. More and more students and more and more subjects will be added gradually, until it becomes a real university."[3]

Water[edit]

Botswana is fighting a severe desertification problem. Israel has been suggested as a model for combating the problem based on the country's technological developments in agriculture and desalination.[4]

See also[edit]

Israeli Foreign Relations - Africa

References[edit]

  1. ^ Israel, North Korea Present Credentials iBotswana
  2. ^ Israel, North Korea Present Credentials iBotswana
  3. ^ Ben Gurion University, Botswana Branch Official Website of the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles, December 24, 2012
  4. ^ Water Resources Management in Botswana Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 29 (2004) 1357–1364