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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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