Nkoloi lands top UN diplomatic post

16 Feb 2012

The former Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC) Public Relations Officer and diplomat, Nkoloi Nkoloi, has been appointed Deputy Permanent Representative of Botswana to the United Nations in New York.

Nkoloi told The Telegraph that he was appointed to the UN Mission in New York last year in November and added that he is expected to start work on March 1st after doing public relations at MFAIC from August 2011 to date.

“I will be the deputy for Mr. Charles Ntwayagae there, as he is the head and am ready for the challenges, which I am not afraid of since I have achieved a lot in this industry,” said Nkoloi.
He stated that his role as a foreign diplomatic representative of this nation, he is authorized to handle political negotiations between Botswana and UN where he has been assigned.

“Diplomatic ambassadors play very important roles in the diplomatic process, as they serve as a key representative link in communication between the two countries. Diplomatic ambassadors have several duties to fulfill within their designated role,” he explained, adding that in his career, he achieved many things, including the formation of relations between the Swedish and the Botswana government as well as the Brazilian government in 2009.

He said the recent visit of His majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden to Botswana was aimed at promoting business cooperation, celebrate with Sweden as a development partner and a dependable friend. He stated that Sweden has helped Botswana over the years through rural development and capacity building as well as in health, education and meteorology.

Over and above that, Nkolai said the partnership spanned a broad spectrum of sectors, such as human resource development, trade, agriculture, education, health and labour.

“I have been passionate about issues of transforming and guiding young professionals at foreign affairs as well as coaching them and mentoring them, and I like social diplomacy,” he said.

Nkoloi also said he is strong at three things which are transformation, dynamism and passion in everything he does. He stated that being based in the US, he will miss local rural scenery particularly Serowe Central Primary School where he grew up.

Nkoloi held various key positions at the government enclave for many years and these include Second Secretary for Economic and Political Affairs at the Botswana High Commission in Pretoria, Private Secretary to former President Festus Mogae, Foreign Affairs Director for Europe and the Americas, and Head of Public Relations.