The President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama will undertake a three-day state visit to Botswana from 9th┬áto 11th┬áMarch 2015. A statement from Government says President Mahama will also officiate at the official opening of Dikgatlhong dam, and visit Botswana Meat Commission (BMC), Diamond Trading Centre (DTC), various diamond cutting and polishing factories and a youth funded project in Gaborone.
Dikgathong dam was handed over to Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) recently, while construction of the P1.5 billion North South Water Carrier II project pipelines was completed last year. Dikgatlhong dam, a brainchild of the National Water Master Plan of 2006 is situated in Robelela village at the confluence of Shashe and Tati rivers.
The P1.2 billion Dikgatlhong dam project has been hailed as integral for the North-South Water Diversion Scheme, which will boost the economy, improve water supply conditions and create valuable benefit to Batswana.
After completion, the dam was certified as a project of high standard and fine quality that will bring more benefits to Batswana. Dikgatlhong dam is the largest in Botswana with a capacity of 400 million cubic meters and an annual yield of 62 million cubic meters. President Mahama’s┬ávisit follows the official visit to Ghana by Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama in August 2011.
“Botswana and Ghana enjoy excellent bilateral relations. These relations are underpinned by, amongst others, shared values such as democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law,” read the statement.
Amongst the notable activities in the countries’ bilateral cooperation is the training of Botswana medical professionals in Ghana`s medical schools and training of Ghanaian veterinarians on meat inspection at the BMC Inspection Centre in Lobatse.┬á┬áFurthermore, a number of Ghanaian professionals also work in Botswana as doctors, engineers, lawyers and accountants. President Mahama is also expected during the visit to hold bilateral talks with President Khama where the two leaders will discuss ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation between their two countries.