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Botswana wants to supply beef to SD

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By Mbongiseni Ndzimandze - WEEKEND OBSERVER-29-Aug-2009

THE government of Botswana is currently in talks with the country’s government with a view to engaging the ministry of agriculture to allow it to sell that country’s beef products in Swaziland.

Botswana is the largest producer of beef in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. This was disclosed by First Secretary in the office of Botswana High Commission Ontumetse Athony Ontumetse at the Mavuso Exhibition and Trade Centre, where the country currently has an exhibition stand. He said their target was not just Swaziland but also other SADC countries. “This is part of the SADC region’s intra-trade objective. We now want to spread our wings to neighboring states in the region,” he said.

On the hand, Ontumetse said Botswana has started to invest in its cultural music, which the country believes is also one of the things that attract tourists. He said they came to Swaziland to showcase their beef products and further market Botswana as a country.

Ontumetse said they hope that they would enjoy their stay in Swaziland and that they were happy with the reception they had received when they arrived. The 2009 Swaziland International Trade Fair (SITF) will be officially opened by His Majesty King Mswati III today.

Some of the foreign investors that are already in the country include Samsung Electronics and the Limpompo Trade and Investment Agency which have been invited by the Swaziland Investment Promotion Authority (SIPA). Others were still setting up their exhibition stands yesterday.

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