Reception for the Bastille Day 2019

On Friday, July 12th, we celebrated the 230th anniversary of Bastille Day and the friendship between Botswana and France.

The acting Ambassador of France to Botswana hosted a reception at the French residence on Friday 12th July in order to celebrate the 230th anniversary of Bastille Day, our French National Day.

Government officials, members of parliament, representatives from SADC, stakeholders of the promotion of France to Botswana, members of the business community and our counterparts from the diplomatic corps were gathered to join the French community to enjoy a cocktail and some French culinary specialties.

Delivering a welcoming speech, Ms Sandrine Maury, the acting Ambassador of France, highlighted the fundamentals of the deep friendship that unifies Botswana and France.

First, regarding the cultural and linguistic exchanges, Ms Maury emphasized on the role that the Alliance Française of Gaborone is playing to promote local and French culture thanks to all the events that are organized. As an example of this respectful cultural cooperation, she quoted several events such as the Beaujolais nouveau or the two days workshop, organized at the end of July for all the French teachers of Botswana, in partnership with the Ministry of Basic Education and the University of Botswana.

Then, to illustrate the moving forward diplomatic relationship between France and Botswana, she pointed out the opening of a new Embassy of Botswana to France in Paris, which will allow to boost bilateral cooperation in many fields, especially in trade, security, defense, education and culture.

Ms Maury recognised the common values that France and Botswana share. Indeed, the two democratic countries are deeply committed to the respect of the rule of law and human rights. To cope with the global challenges that nations must raise in the following decades such as climate change and terrorism, France and Botswana need allies and friends, through collective action and global cooperation. Therefore, it was the opportunity to remind that France and Botswana believe in multilateralism in order to bring adapted answers.

Finally, as Botswana’s voice matters to us, Ms Maury announced her wish to see Botswana take part of two coming events organized by the French President Emmanuel Macron: the second edition of the Paris Peace Forum that will be held in November and aims at gathering all stakeholders of global governance; and the 2020 Africa-France Summit that will be held in Paris in June 2020.

Responding to the Ms Maury’s address, the minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Mr. Nonofo Molefhi, thanked the French government for the support it has always showed through its embassy in Botswana.

To conclude, Ms Maury said that this event couldn’t have taken place without the help of our sponsors: AGS Frasers, Airbus Group, Boehringer Engeileim, Mazars, Orange, Parmalat, Saint-Gobain, Thalès and Total.

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Last updated on: 22 July 2019