Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Competition Announcement

NON-DEGREE STUDY / PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE U.S. The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program competition.  The deadline for submitting completed online applications is Friday, June 7, 2019. Application forms are ONLY available at: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey. Purpose and Thematic Focus:  The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a flagship of ...
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Preventive maintenance services for residential standby generators

The Embassy of the United States of America in Gaborone, Botswana has a requirement for a contractor to do: preventive maintenance services for Residential Standby Generators. The Embassy plans to award a contract for this service and all interested vendors are encouraged to make competitive proposals. You are also cautioned against any collusion with other ...
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2020 -21 Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Fellowship Program for the 2020-21 academic year.  The deadline for submission of completed online applications and supporting documents is Sunday, April 20, 2019. No hard copy applications will be accepted. Purpose and Institutional Focus The program is designed to strengthen ...
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2020-21 Fulbright African Scholar Research Program

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the competition for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for the 2020-21 academic year. The deadline for submitting application materials online is Sunday, April 20, 2019. Purpose and Institutional Focus The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program facilitates the conduct of research projects at U.S. universities or research facilities. Download Documents ...
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Teacher Exchange Competition Announcement for 2019-20

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce an open competition for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program. Application forms can be accessed at  IREX and the deadline for submission is Thursday, March 28, 2019. Program Overview The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana (February 6, 2019)

Location: Central Business District, Gaborone, Botswana Event: Recent power outages have affected at least one hotel in the Central Business District of Gaborone, causing the common hallway doors in parts of the hotel to lock, preventing egress from those floors affected. U.S. citizens are advised to check with their hotel to see whether measures are ...
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CALL FOR STUDY OF THE U.S. FOR SCHOLARS 2019

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a call for applications for seven summer 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for multinational groups of experienced university faculty, scholars, and other related professionals. A description of each Institute follows under section Institute Themes.  The Embassy must receive all applications on the specified form by Thursday, ...
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CALL FOR STUDY OF THE U.S. SECONDARY EDUCATORS 2019

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce recruitment for the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators. Candidate applications may be sent to: PublicAffairsGaborone@state.gov   until Thursday, February 14th, 2019. PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to ...
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Media Advisory: PEPFAR Botswana Continues to Operate and Has Committed Another $72 Million for FY2019

Nov. 06 Gaborone: The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) wishes to respond to and refute an article in the last edition of the Weekend Post entitled “US stops P10 billion foreign aid to Botswana” which contains several inaccurate statements in the headline and in the body of the story, including that PEPFAR ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana (November 6, 2018)

Location: Botswana, countrywide Event: The U.S. Embassy in Gaborone would like to remind U.S. citizens of the following security risks and practices throughout the holiday/festive season and beyond.  While this information is specific to Gaborone, the same practices and vigilance are worth keeping in mind in other areas of the country as well.  Criminal incidents ...
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U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation – Competition Announcement

The U.S. Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana is pleased to announce the annual call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). This fund supports projects in countries around the world – including Botswana – to preserve cultural heritage in three areas: Cultural Sites – such as historic buildings and archaeological sites; Cultural Objects ...
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Startup Smart – Entrepreneurship at Work

The Public Affairs Office requests proposals from organizations or individuals to host and instruct a series of educational sessions for youth entrepreneurs ages 18 – 35 in support of post’s America on the Move project which includes the following goals: Provide accurate, compelling, timely, and audience-appropriate information about the United States – its history, culture ...
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PEPFAR and BONEPWA+ Launch the Treat All Champions Campaign

In November 1993, Mr. David Ngele became the first Motswana to openly disclose he was living with HIV. Over the past 25 years, a few more have followed him in making public disclosures, though they represent a very small percentage of the current estimated number of 360,000 Batswana living with HIV. Those who have taken ...
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Holiday Security Reminder

The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens of the following security risks and practices throughout the holiday/festive season and beyond. While this information is specific to Gaborone, the same practices and vigilance are worth keeping in mind in other areas of the country as well. Criminal incidents tend to increase during the pre-holiday ...
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Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Personal Security Reminder

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Personal Security Reminder December 7, 2017 The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana reminds U.S. citizens of the ...
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Reduced Consular Section Hours

November 20, 2017 – April 13, 2018 Visa Interviews and Routine U.S. Citizen Service appointments (passports, notarials, Reports of Birth Abroad) must be scheduled for the following weeks only from December 2017 – March 2018: December 11-15, 2017 January 22-26, 2018 February 12-16, 2018 March 12-16, 2018 Appointments can only be booked through our website: ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Malaria Awareness

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to take all available precautions to avoid contracting malaria. Recent heavy rains have caused overall malaria rates to rise in Botswana. While malaria is usually found primarily in the north of Botswana, local media have recently reported two deaths from malaria in the Palapye/Tswapong region and 27 cases of ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Anthrax Confirmed in Dead Hippos in the Okavango River

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid all contact with dead animals, particularly hippopotamuses (hippos) found floating in or on land near the Okavango River. Botswana’s Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism has confirmed anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) as the cause of death of hippos found floating in the Okavango River from Namibia ...
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Emergency Preparedness for U.S. Citizens Living Abroad

U.S. citizens living abroad face a host of challenges, but no matter where we live, we are wise to be prepared for emergency situations that can result from natural disasters, technological & accidental hazards, terrorist attacks, social unrest, pandemics, or other reasons. The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Botswana is providing this information about emergency preparedness ...
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Entry and Exit Requirements for Children in South Africa

This message serves as a reminder that on June 1, 2015, the South African Department of Home Affairs will institute new immigration regulations for the entry and exit of minors in South Africa, regardless of nationality. The Department of State has updated the “Entry, Exit, & Visa Requirements” information for South Africa on Travel.State.Gov . We urge all U.S. citizens ...
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Diversity Visa Program Information

The Diversity Visa (DV) 2019 program registration period will run from noon, EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME (EDT) on October 18, 2017, through noon, EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST) November 22, 2017. Please refer to the DV-2019 Instructions at  usvisas.state.gov/dv/instructions  for complete program rules and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. The Department of State will conduct the DV-2019 program ...
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Presidential Proclamation – Religious Freedom Day, 2017

Presidents of the United States have proclaimed January 16 National Religious Freedom Day since 1993. On this day, the U.S. government reconfirms its pledge to promote respect for religious freedom and diversity; to promote accountability for religious-based violence; and to urge other governments to adopt legal protections for religious minorities and religious practice. In 2017, ...
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Beware of an Ongoing Tender Scam

WARNING – The U.S. Embassy is aware of an ongoing tender scam using our name to fraudulently request sample items or money.  If your business receives a tender from a “Mr. Ronnel Fisher,” usa@embassytenders.com or info@embassytenders.com , please do not act on this request and contact us immediately at Gabprocurement@state.gov . U.S. Government procurement follows strict regulations outlined ...
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Quotes on 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Victory Speech by President-Elect Trump I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your ...
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New Directions in Global Health Seminar

Dumelang! I am excited to open the newest installment of the New Directions program. I understand nearly half of Botswana’s population lives within one hundred kilometers of Gaborone, so we realized how important it was to bring the program here. Of course there are some health issues distinctly affecting Gaborone that we felt should be ...
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Gender Based Violence and Human Trafficking Forum

Ministers, Justices, Attorney Generals, Police Commissioners, Inspector Generals and law enforcement professionals, it is my honor to be here today for this high-level forum. It has been a tremendously productive week, and I am grateful to the International Law Enforcement Academy and the United States Agency for International Development for bringing this impressive group of individuals together. Never before have we hosted an event where ...
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Tuberculosis Lab Relaunch Ceremony

Good morning. It is wonderful to be here to celebrate the reopening of Botswana’s National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory. This facility is crucial to the diagnosis and treatment of TB patients across the country. It is a much needed tool in our fight to stop the spread of tuberculosis in Botswana. It was my honor to ...
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Peace Corps National Museum Exhibition Opening

Today, we celebrate the power of a simple idea – that by working hand in hand with communities across the world, we can make a better place for all. After 50 years, you might think it easy to talk about the work of Peace Corps . Of course, it’s easy to give the facts: Over 2,500 volunteers ...
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Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Visit

Thank you for coming to this very special Bot50 celebration event. It is my honor today to congratulate Botswana on fifty years of independence. From the very beginning, Botswana and the United States have been friends and partners, and we are grateful for the past half century of cooperation and good will between our countries. ...
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Dancing to Connect Performance with Battery Dance & Mophato Theater

Thank you for coming to this very special Bot50 celebration event. We are proud of the 50-year relationship between the United States and Botswana, and look forward to the next 50 years and beyond. What better way to celebrate this relationship than through the universal language and joy of dance! Through our Arts Envoy Program the U.S. Embassy ...
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USAID’s Maatla Project Closing Celebration

It is with great pleasure that I participate in tonight’s ceremony celebrating the Maatla project. I have enjoyed listening to partners reflect on project achievements and the lessons that have been learned to enhance Botswana’s civil society sector. It is encouraging to look back on USAID’s Maatla project and think about how many organizations the project ...
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AWEP Botswana Chapter National Capacity Building Workshop

Thank you for inviting me to speak at this event. I am pleased to be part of this exciting journey to kick-start the National Capacity Building workshop organized by the African Women Entrepreneurship Partnership Program (AWEP) Botswana Chapter, especially in my second home, Maun. I am excited to see the Chapter is forging ahead in empowering women entrepreneurs across the ...
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Diplomatic Security Service Centennial

It is an honor to stand before you today to celebrate 100 years of the Diplomatic Security Service – the law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. Department of State.  I am humbled that we can celebrate this milestone together, as my embassy could not do our mission without your direct support. I feel ...
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YALI 2016 Welcome Back Reception

Thank you for coming to this reception to celebrate the return of twenty-four of our twenty-six Mandela Washington Fellows!  Two Fellows remain in the US on internships. President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democracy, and enhance peace and security across Africa. The Mandela ...
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Botswana HIV Clinicians Society Conference

Congratulations to the Botswana HIV Clinicians Society on hosting the 6th Botswana International HIV Conference. The U.S. government is proud to support this effort and I wish you the best of luck in your deliberations over the next few days. The theme of your conference – “Total Inclusion for Greater Impact” – is an important ...
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Intellectual Property Rights Workshop

Registrar General of CIPA , Mr. Conductor Paul Masena, Professor Doris Long, esteemed officials from the inter-agency, entrepreneurs, artists, and innovators, other distinguished guests and media representatives.  All protocol observed.  It is an honor to be with you today to open this workshop on a very important issue: intellectual property rights, or IPR. Innovation is the ...
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English Language Access Graduation with Stepping Stones

I am pleased to be here today at the English Access Micro-scholarship Program graduation ceremony with Stepping Stones International, a valued and long-time partner of the United States Embassy. Stepping Stones is a unique organization.  You use innovative, holistic methods to reach youth most in need.  You look for solutions to difficult problems.  This is ...
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“Congratulations, Botswana, on Treat All!” – Ambassador Miller

June 3 was a momentous day.   I wish to congratulate the government and the people of Botswana for being among the first countries in Africa to adopt the “Treat All” policy providing antiretroviral therapy to all Batswana citizens living with HIV. How apt that Botswana, preparing to celebrate 50 years of independence, is also making ...
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Test and Treat Policy Launch in Modipane Village

Good Morning.  It is an honor to be at this important event. Your Excellency, President Khama, I wish to congratulate you, your government, and the people of Botswana for being among the first countries in Africa to adopt the “Treat All” policy providing antiretroviral therapy to all Batswana citizens living with HIV. How apt Botswana, ...
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Communication 101 for Government Officials

Good morning. Thank you, Dr. Jeff Ramsay, and your superb team, for the invaluable support in organizing this week’s media training for government spokespeople. A very warm Batswana welcome to Mr. Eduardo Cue for being with us this week to share his wealth of media experience, insight and wisdom. You have all tough jobs. Napoleon ...
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2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

2016 Mandela Washington Fellows Members of the Press Ladies and Gentlemen Good morning. Thank you for joining us today as we introduce the 26 Batswana leaders who will participate in the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in 2016. In 2010, President Barack Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative – known as ...
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Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Panel Discussion

It is a pleasure to be at the University of Botswana today.  Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to discuss U.S. foreign policy and our bilateral relations with Botswana. We congratulate Botswana on 50 years of independence in 2016.  Botswana has an amazing story to tell: having risen to upper middle income status ...
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World Press Freedom Day Commemoration: ‘Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms: This Is Your Right!’

Good morning, everyone. I want to thank the Botswana Media and Allied Workers Union (BOMAWU) for hosting today’s event. May 3rd is a very important day globally. World Press Freedom Day is a day when we celebrate a right enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which says everyone has the ...
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AGOA Workshop Opening Session

It is an honor to be here today to discuss AGOA and the tremendous opportunity it presents to Botswana.  On June 29 of 2015 President Obama enacted legislation reauthorizing AGOA, providing unilateral duty-free access on approximately 6,500 product tariff lines to the U.S. market. AGOA is the cornerstone trade initiative with sub-Saharan Africa.  It is ...
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DITSHWANELO Human Rights Film Festival 2016

Good evening.  Thank you for the honor to be here again at the Ditshwanelo Human Rights Film Festival.  A special ke a leboga to Alice Mogwe for her principled advocacy for human rights in Botswana and around the world.  This festival is just one example of DITSHWANELO’s dedication to raising awareness of the human rights ...
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New Directions in Global Health Seminar

Good morning. Thank you for having me here this morning at this important event. What a great day to be out here in Ghanzi.  As always, I enjoyed my drive up yesterday along the Trans-Kalahari Highway, getting to view the vast and beautiful desert landscape of this great country.  Ghanzi is a place like no ...
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12th Annual Black History Month Film Festival Opening

Good evening.  It is a pleasure to be here with you tonight to commemorate Black History Month.  This is the twelfth year the United States Embassy and the University of Botswana have partnered to celebrate through the Black History Month Film Festival.  This film festival celebrates the central role that African Americans have played in ...
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Marine Corps Ball 240th Anniversary

This month all over the world distinguished famous Marine Corps generals and heroes are speaking at Marine Corps birthday balls. I had a very modest military career. I was never a general. I never wore stars.  But I did wear the Marine Corps Eagle, Globe and Anchor with great pride. I have the privilege to recognize our Guest of Honor, the ...
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Annual General Meeting Forest Conservation Botswana

Deputy Permanent Secretary and FCB Board Chair Mr. Monggae; FCB CEO Mr. Moloi; FCB Board members and staff; FCB stakeholders; ladies and gentlemen: Good morning. It’s a privilege and an honor for me to join you today at FCB’s 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM), my first AGM as U.S. Ambassador to Botswana. I would like ...
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Poetry Night at the Maun International Arts Festival

Good evening, everyone. I am thrilled to be at the Maun International Poetry Festival’s renowned “Poetry Night.” We have been a proud supporter of this festival for the past three years, and I wish to thank our colleagues at Poetavango for their enduring support, collaboration, and friendship – in particular Legodile Seganabeng, Thato Molosi and ...
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Launch of National Enquiry Point for Botswana

Good morning. It is my pleasure to be here this morning at the launch of Botswana’s National Enquiry Point. On behalf of the United States Embassy in Botswana and USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, I would like to thank our partner, the Botswana Bureau of Standards, for working closely with us on this initiative that ...
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Cervical Cancer “See and Treat” Launch

Good morning. I am delighted to be here as we mark an important milestone for the health of women in Botswana, and as we celebrate a successful six year partnership in cervical cancer prevention between the governments of Botswana and the United States, in collaboration with the Botswana-University of Pennsylvania Partnership. Cervical cancer, which is ...
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Mandela Washington Fellows Welcome Back Breakfast

As Prepared For Delivery | August 13, 2015 | Gaborone Good morning. Thank you for coming to celebrate the return of eleven of our thirteen Mandela Washington Fellows! Two Fellows remain in the US on internships. President Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth ...
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POTUS Town Hall Viewing with Mandela Washington Fellows

As Prepared For Delivery | August 4, 2015 | Gaborone Good afternoon. Thank you all for coming to watch President Obama’s town hall meeting with five hundred 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows. As part of President Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative – or YALI – thirteen extremely talented young Batswana leaders are in the audience at the ...
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Handover Ceremony of the SADC Regional Sanitary and PhytoSanitary (SPS) Strategies for Plant, Animal and Food Safety to SADC Secretariat

As Prepared For Delivery | August 4, 2015 | Gaborone Good morning!  Dumelang! It is a privilege for me to participate in the formal hand-over of the Draft SADC Regional Sanitary and PhytoSanitary (SPS) strategies for Plant, Animal and Food Safety to the SADC Secretariat. The development of these standards is another example of the close ...
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OPIC Finance Workshop

As Prepared For Delivery | June 25, 2015 | Gaborone It is an honor to join you today for what I believe will be a very beneficial workshop. I would like to thank Overseas Private Investment Corporation Vice President Jim Polan and Director for Corporate Development Alison Germak for hosting the workshop, the American Business Council, ...
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Ideas Expo Launch 2015

As Prepared For Delivery | June 4, 2015 | Gaborone Good afternoon. What an honor to be at the launch of Ideas Expo Botswana 2015. The Ideas Expo Botswana is the brainchild of one of our 2014 Mandela Washington alumni, Mr. Tumiso Mabusela. Ideas Expo Botswana is a multifaceted platform created to celebrate and develop Botswana’s ...
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Ambassador Miller Launches African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program Botswana Chapter

As Prepared For Delivery | May 28, 2015 | Gaborone What an honor to help launch the Botswana Chapter of the African Women Entrepreneurship Partnership (AWEP). I know it has taken much time and effort for AWEP alumni to come this far to form the chapter and join this prestigious regional business network. AWEP is a ...
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Botswana National Sports Council Awards 2015

As Prepared For Delivery | May 23, 2015 | Gaborone Good evening. What an honor and privilege to be with you at the Botswana National Sports Council Awards. I would like to thank the Honorable Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Mr. Thapelo Olopeng and all the people who made this extraordinary evening possible. Please allow ...
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World Migratory Bird Day 2015

As Prepared For Delivery | May 16, 2015 | Orapa I’m delighted to be here today to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with you. Congratulations to BirdLife Botswana for hosting this event for the 7th year in a row. Congratulations as well to your many partners, including the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Forest Conservation ...
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Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders 2015 Press Briefing

As Prepared For Delivery | May 06, 2015 | Gaborone Good morning. Thank you for joining us today as we introduce the lucky13 Batswana leaders who will participate in the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in 2015. In 2010, President Barack Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative – known as “YALI” – ...
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Visit to Chobe Junior Secondary School – Kasane

As Prepared For Delivery | March 13, 2015 | Kasane Good morning boys and girls. It is a pleasure to be here with you today. My name is Earl Miller, and I’m the Ambassador of the United States Mission to Botswana. I arrived in your beautiful country about 2 months ago to be America’s new Ambassador ...
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11th Annual Black History Month Film Festival Opening

As Prepared For Delivery | February 17, 2015 | Gaborone Good evening. It is a pleasure to be here with you tonight to commemorate Black History Month. This is the eleventh year the United States Embassy has partnered with the University of Botswana to celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans to the United States ...
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Annual EducationUSA Teachers’ Roundtable

As Prepared For Delivery | February 12, 2015 | Gaborone It is a pleasure to be here with you at the third annual EducationUSA teachers’ roundtable. Today I have the privilege to talk with you about  a very important subject: education. I believe education is the key to a country’s development. One of my favourite quotes ...
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