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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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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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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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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