Botswana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Charles Thembani Ntwagge, has expressed “deep appreciation” to the Government and people of Jamaica for the support given to his country over the years, particularly in human development efforts.
He was speaking at a luncheon held on Monday, February 4, at the Mona Visitor’s Lodge at the University of the West Indies, to officially install noted philanthropist and entrepreneur, Dr. Henley Morgan, as the Republic of Botswana’s Honorary Consul to Jamaica.
Ambassador Ntwagge said that Jamaica and Botswana have had a long history of diplomatic relations, which continue to grow from strength to strength, and both countries have co-operated on a number of initiatives, particularly in the areas of health and education.
“There are currently about 41 students (from Botswana) studying at the University of the West Indies,” he said.
The Ambassador said his country is very proud to have a “person of (Dr. Morgan’s) credentials and standing to be our Honorary Consul”.
“Dr. Morgan is a distinguished and accomplished citizen of Jamaica and we are very proud to have him in this way. He is not only an outstanding business man, but he is also an author, and a consultant,” he noted.
He added that Dr. Morgan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new position and expressed confidence that he will effectively and successfully carry out his duties. “But in all that, he needs the support of all of you here in Jamaica and the various stakeholders of this country,” he said.
For his part, Dr. Morgan pledged to be a proud representative and to work assiduously in his new position.
“This comes at a good time when Jamaica is changing the world. I am going to be doing all that I can to help Botswana see more of us and for Jamaica to see more of Botswana,” Dr. Morgan said.
Botswana is a land-locked country situated in Southern Africa. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast.
A country of just over two million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. The country also has a strong tradition as a representative democracy.