Military Partnership

Media Note September 10, 2022 Epic Guardian is an annual U.S. Africa Command-executed, Command-Post Exercise and Field Training Exercise designed to strengthen the ability of partner nations in the region to provide security and stability, and effectively identify and respond to crisis events. Approximately 100 U.S. service members will participate in a Field Training Exercise …

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U. S. Africa Command, BDF Discuss Regional Cybersecurity Posture with African Partners

Press Release September 1, 2022 May 31 to June 2, 2022, the U.S. Army Africa Command (AFRICOM) and the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) hosted a symposium on communication systems implementation and cybersecurity in Gaborone. The participants were junior enlisted soldiers from Botswana and partner African countries.  In this hybrid event, enlisted soldiers from partner nations …

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The Government of Botswana and PEPFAR Celebrate a Milestone in Botswana’s HIV Response

Joint Press Statement – The Government of Botswana, U.S. Department of State Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Botswana The Government of Botswana and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief celebrate a milestone in Botswana’s HIV Programmatic Response at the 24th AIDS …

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Remarks at George Washington University: “The Administration’s Approach to the People’s Republic of China”

May 26, 2022 The George Washington University Washington, D.C. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thank you.  Good morning. It’s a real pleasure to be here at The George Washington University.  This is an institution that draws outstanding students and scholars from around the world and where the most urgent challenges that we face as a country and a …

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North Carolina Partnership Program Expands Cooperation and Partnership in Botswana

The U.S. Embassy in Botswana was honoured to host Major General M. Todd Hunt, the Adjutant General, North Carolina National Guard, April 26-28 in Gaborone. The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) and the North Carolina National Guard have been state partners nearly 14 years, conducting numerous Army and Air Force engagements in Botswana and in North …

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U.S. Government Promotes Botswana’s Environmental Resilience and Supports HIV Epidemic Control

U.S. Ambassador Craig L. Cloud travelled to Maun on May 4 to visit partners and U.S. government-funded projects demonstrating the United States’ support for Botswana’s economic and environment resiliency and community health. During a visit to the Elephant Havens, the Ambassador helped launch a rehabilitation center for orphaned elephants that will facilitate their eventual return …

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U.S. Embassy Partners with Botswana to Launch the First Community Garden in Extension 11 Park

Press Release April 22, 2022 This year marks the 52nd Earth Day.  Each Earth Day, people around the world mobilize to raise awareness on important environmental issues, including climate change. Together with our international partners, including Botswana, we can take bold action to preserve our planet and to fight the climate crisis.   On Earth …

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USAREUR-AF Commander Visits Kenya, Botswana

VICENZA, Italy – U.S. Army Europe and Africa (USAREUR-AF) Commanding General Gen. Christopher Cavoli visited military leaders in Kenya and Botswana April 10-14 to discuss mutual security interests in eastern and southern Africa. Cavoli met Lt. Gen. Francis Omandi Ogalla and Lt. Gen. Walter Raria Koipaton, Kenya Vice Chief of Defence Forces and Kenya Army …

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U.S. Special Operations Team and BDF Special Forces Regiment Train to Strengthen Bilateral Partnership and Security Posture

Press Release April 5, 2022 U.S. Ambassador Craig Cloud joined Botswana Defence Force Director of the Directorate of Special Operations on March 16, 2022 for a closing ceremony of the Joint Combined Exercise Training (JCET) aimed at strengthening response to contemporary and future security challenges at Thebephatswa Air Base.  Commander, Air Arm Command, Major General …

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What is the United States Doing in Response to COVID-19 in Botswana?

As of June 3, 2022, the U.S. government has provided more than $19.7 million in assistance to mitigate the health and socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 for the people of Botswana. Of the $19.7 million in bilateral funding, $10.6 million is for support for infection prevention and control, which includes oxygen support; $1.7 million for the …

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The U.S. Government Donates P2.9 million in COVID Isolation Facilities in Bobonong

The U.S. government, through its Department of Defense (DoD), donated two isolation facilities worth over P2.9 million to the Botswana government in a handover ceremony in Bobonong.  The two facilities, constructed through the U.S. military Africa Command’s (USAFRICOM) Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid program, will support critical pandemic mitigation efforts in the region. This …

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U.S. Embassy Commemorates World AIDS Day to Highlight USG Support for Botswana’s HIV Response

This year the United States is commemorating World AIDS Day under the global theme, “End inequalities. End AIDS.” to underscore the U.S. government’s support of Botswana’s HIV response.  The United States and Botswana have a longstanding global health-focused partnership and work closely together to combat the impact of HIV / AIDS in Botswana and reduce …

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Joint Statement on Court of Appeals Decision on Decriminalization:  A Victory for Human Rights and LGBTQI+ Persons 

Press Release November 29, 2021   The Embassy of the United States of America, the Embassy of France, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Delegation of the European Union, the British High Commission, the Australian High Commission, and the High Commission of Canada welcome the Botswana Court of Appeals decision to affirm the repeal of Section 164 of …

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U.S. AFRICOM Commander Visits Botswana to Discuss Security Partnership and Crisis Response Preparedness

Press Release November 26, 2021 U.S. AFRICOM Commander Visits Botswana to Discuss Security Partnership and Crisis Response Preparedness In a November 21-23 visit to Botswana, the Commander of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), General Stephen J. Townsend, met with Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation, the Honorable Dr. Lemogang Kwape, and senior military members of …

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U.S.-UK-Botswana Energy Partnership: Commemorating Energy Day at the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, Scotland

Gaborone, Botswana – On November 4, 2021, the British High Commission and the U.S. Embassy in Botswana commemorated Energy Day at the COP26 climate conference taking place in Glasgow, Scotland.  The event was an opportunity to highlight Botswana’s vast potential as a renewable energy producer and exporter. British High Commissioner Sian Price and U.S. Ambassador …

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A Call for 2022 Proposals for U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

 The U.S. Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). This announcement is a response to Notice of Opportunity Number AFCP-2021-2022-GP: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329274 . Detailed instructions and requirements are accessible at this link. Until November 26th, the Embassy is only receiving concept notes currently. Successful …

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The United States donates 81,900 doses of Pfizer vaccine to Botswana

Press Release August 20, 2021 The double-dose immunization will provide vaccines for 40,950 Batswana. Today, August 20, 2021, 81,900 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine donated by the U.S. government arrived in Botswana as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  Focusing on the vaccine’s thorough testing and strong safety record, …

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Notice of Funding Opportunity – Gaborone Child Labor ARDF Grant

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. Embassy Gaborone Notice of Funding Opportunity Funding Opportunity Title: Child Labor in Botswana Funding Opportunity Number:  Deadline for Applications: August 23, 2021 Assistance Listing Number: 19.225 Total Amount Available: $300,000 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy Gaborone of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications …

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The U.S. Government Strengthens Botswana’s HIV Response Through the DREAMS Data System for Adolescent Girls and Young Women

Press Release July 12, 2021 To support Botswana’s HIV response and strengthen its ability to provide comprehensive health services to Batswana, the U.S. government partnered with the government of Botswana to implement the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) HIV prevention program that targets vulnerable adolescent girls and young women with a comprehensive …

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U.S. Government Promotes Greater Inclusion of Women in the Political Process

U.S. Ambassador Craig L. Cloud and Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs, Hon Anna Mokgethi, joined Democracy Works Foundation to launch a U.S.-funded program designed to increase the participation of women in Botswana’s political process “Go Ruta Mosadi ke go Ruta Sechaba”.  The $250,000 grant, funded through the U.S. Department of State’s African Regional …

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U.S. Embassy Supports E-Learning in Tsabong and Donates 40 Tablets

Press Release June 04, 2021 On June 2, Chargé d’Affaires David Krzywda and the Embassy’s Public Affairs staff travelled to Tsabong to donate 40 tablet computers and further the U.S. Government’s commitment to help Botswana’s education sector to produce internationally competitive graduates and partners that can build a knowledge-based economy.  The Tsabong leadership, including the …

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United States and Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry launch revised AGOA Utilization Strategy to improve economic growth in Botswana

Press Release – For Immediate Release April 29, 2021 United States and Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry launch revised AGOA Utilization Strategy to improve economic growth in Botswana On April 29, the Embassy of the United States of America joined the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry (MITI) and other stakeholders to launch the …

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Biden Administration Announces Botswana-Namibia Mega Solar Project

Gaborone – At its Leaders’ Summit on Climate concluded April 22, the Biden-Harris administration announced the signing of a historic memorandum of intent (MOI) to create a 2 to 5gigawatt Mega Solar project in Botswana and Namibia.  The United States Government is collaborating with the Government of the Republic of Botswana, the Government of the …

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U.S. Government Establishes Telehealth Partnership

The Embassy of the United States of America in partnership with Rutgers University, the University of Botswana (UB), and the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW) is pleased to officially launch a $160,000 (BWP 1,750,000) grant that will create a clinical telehealth program in Botswana and further strengthen existing medical and higher education partnerships between …

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2022-23 FulBright Visiting Scholar Program Competition Announcement

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the competition for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for the 2022-23 academic year. The Embassy encourages interested parties to submit proposals relating to public health, environmental science, computer science, cybersecurity, rural development, and other STEM related subjects. The deadline for submitting application materials online is Friday May 7, …

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U.S. Government Funds Five Local Organizations to Support Botswana’s HIV Response  

March 29, 2021  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded $29 million (or P319 million) to five local organizations to implement activities under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program for a period of three years. The launch serves as a platform for the U.S. government and the Government of …

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U.S. Government Builds COVID-19 Isolation Clinics Across Botswana

Press Release March 16, 2021  The United States government through the Department of Defense’s Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) provided P18.7 million to build COVID-19 isolation clinics across Botswana. This Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid (OHDACA) funded project is aimed at strengthening Botswana’s COVID-19 response. The project supports Government of Botswana pandemic mitigation efforts …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Travels to Shakawe

Deputy Chief of Mission Kali C. Jones travelled to Shakawe October 21 and 22 to engage with community leadership and local NGOs on gender-based violence, women’s economic empowerment, cultural heritage, and border security. While in Shakawe, Ms. Jones met with representatives from the Botswana Police Service, the Deputy District Commissioner, and Kgosi Mbambo to learn …

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“Mabogo Dinku” Tour Visits Tsabong 

The United States Ambassador, Craig L. Cloud, traveled to Tsabong on October 15 as part of the Embassy’s “Mabogo Dinku” tour across Botswana. The tour highlights U.S. support and cooperation with Botswana in health, economic prosperity, education, and security, and demonstrates the continued U.S. commitment to the people of Botswana.  While in Tsabong, Ambassador Cloud …

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U.S. Government Contributes 56 Million Pula to COVID-19 Response in Botswana

Gaborone, Botswana; April 30, 2020. – The United States government is contributing 56 million Pula ($4.65 million) to the Government of Botswana’s COVID-19 pandemic response. This total includes the $1.5 million in assistance announced by the U.S. government on April 16. This funding will support Botswana’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, treat those …

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