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High Commission of India
Gaborone

India-Botswana Bilateral Relations Brief

India's relations with Botswana have been close and friendly. India established diplomatic relations with Botswana immediately after its independence in 1966 and opened its resident diplomatic mission in Gaborone in 1987. Botswana established its Mission in New Delhi in 2006.

2. There have been regular exchanges of high-level visits between India and Botswana. FormerPresident Festus Mogae had visited India twice in May 2005 and December 2006. President Dr.Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, in his capacity as Vice President, had also led a Botswana delegation in October 2015 to attend the Third India-Africa Forum. Shri JualOram, Minister of Tribal Affairs led a delegation to Botswana in August 2016 to coincide with the BOT- 50 celebrations (50th anniversary of Botswana Independence). Recently in 2018, Botswana Assistant Minister of Lands and Management, Water and Sanitation Services, Mr. Itumeleng Moipisi visited India to participate in the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC) held in New Delhi (29 September – 02 October, 2018). After a gap of eight years, the Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu paid an official visit from 31 October to 2 November, 2018 at the invitation of the Vice President of Botswana Mr. Slumber Tsogwane. During this visit, a Memorandum of Agreement on Exemption from Visa Requirement for Holders of Diplomatic Passports was signed.

3. India-Botswana Foreign Office Consultations were held in New Delhi (May 2019). Both the sides reviewed the implementation of decisions taken during Vice President’s visit to Botswana in November 2018. They expressed satisfaction over the progress in implementation of the decisions. The Botswana delegation was led by the Deputy Permanent Secretary Ms. Tapiwa S. Mongwa, Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation.

4. India’s assistance in capacity building has been an important element of bilateral relations. During the training year 2018-19, 250 scholarship slots have so far been utilized by Botswana. In the last five years, more than 800 Botswana candidates have been trained under ITEC/ IAFS/ ICCR and other schemes as per details given below:

Year

ITEC

IAFS Short Courses

ICCR

Agriculture Fellowship Under
IAFS III

Agriculture (MANAGE)

PCFD

Total

2014-2015

107

16

17

-

140

2015-2016

158

5

7

-

-

-

170

2016-2017

88

3

7

-

-

-

98

2017-2018

117

14

8

16

18

1

174

2018-2019

191

31

13

12

-

1

248

Total

830


5. Botswana is a mineral-rich country with a business friendly atmosphere and welcomes foreign investment. Bilateral trade increased more than 26% in the year 2017-18 where total trade stood at USD 1.75 billion [Statistics based on GOI's DGFT data]. India's exports to Botswana consist of manufactured goods including machinery, etc.

6. Import-export: (Figures in US$ million; Source: Dept. of Commerce, GOI)

India’s total exports to Botswana:

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19
(Apr-Feb)

Including pharmaceuticals, machineries, iron & steel,
electrical equipment, precious
stones varieties of diamonds,
related jewelry etc.

44.46

52.38

77.12

108.58

160.26


India’s total imports from Botswana:

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19
(Apr-Feb)

Including varieties of
diamonds, semi-precious
stones, copper, ores, ash
etc.

164.47

542.23

1307.39

1638.29

875.79

Total Trade

208.93

594.61

1384.51

1746.87

1036.05


7. More than 25 Indian companies participated at the 13th Annual Global Expo (GEB) of Botswana (30 Oct-02Nov 2018), which was the largest ever participation from a single country. This year, more than 20 Indian companies participated at the 14th GEB (6-9 Aug 2019).

8. Three Indian banks, Bank of Baroda (since 2001), Bank of India (Aug 2013) and State Bank of India (Nov 2013) have their presence in Gaborone.

9. Indian companies TCS, TCIL, and RITES have their offices in Gaborone. In the case of RITES, it is the only RITES office in Africa. Indian majors TATA Motors and Mahindra have their presence through franchisees. In diamond industry, Indian Diamond Companies, M. Suresh Company Private Limited, KGK Diamonds, Aurostar Diamonds, Arjav Diamonds, Dia-Rough Botswana, Urostar Botswana, Karp Impex, Mohit Diamonds, Dharma Diamonds, WTM Botswana have their offices in Gaborone. Choppies Enterprises Limited, Trans Africa, Jamal Trading, Motovac Botswana etc. are owned by Indian diaspora.

10. Indian diaspora (approx. 7,000 Indian nationals and PIOs) contribute significantly to Botswana’s economy. Most of the India diaspora are from the States of Gujarat, Punjab, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Tamil Nadu. They are engaged in the services sectors viz. in teaching, accounting & such professions, retail, manufacturing and construction sectors. Prominent socio-cultural events celebrated throughout the year by the Indian community like Diwali, Holi, Onam, Baisakhi etc. attract large participation, including the local dignitaries.

11. On the multilateral / regional relations, Botswana is an active member of Southern African Development Community (SADC), South African Customs Union (SACU), WTO and other International organizations.

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23 September 2019



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