Republic of Botswana
Brazil and Botswana established diplomatic relations in 1985. With the intensification of the relations in the first decade of the 2000‘s, Brazil established its Embassy in Gaborone in 2009. The Embassy of Botswana in Brasília – the first mission of the country in Latin America – was opened in 2009.
The challenges of social development and the fight against hunger and poverty are central themes in the bilateral relation. In 2005, Brazil and Botswana signed a Bilateral Agreement on Technical Cooperation, legal framework of the joint work programs.
Botswana is member of the SACU, the Customs Union of Southern African countries. In 2004, MERCOSUR and SACU concluded a Preferential Trade Agreement, an intermediate step for the creation of a free-trade area between the two blocs.
Chronology of Bilateral Relations
1985 – Establishment of diplomatic relations between Brazil and Botswana
2004 – Permanent Secretary for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Botswana, E. S. Mpofu, visits Brazil
2005 – ThePresident of Botswana, Festus Mogae, visits Brazil. A Technical Cooperation Agreement is signed
2006 – President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva visits Botswana. President Festus Mogae visits Brazil to attend the Second Conference of Intellectuals of Africa and the Diaspora
2007 – Opening of the Embassy of Brazil in Gaborone
2009 – Opening of the Embassy of Botswana in Brasília
2010 – First Meeting of the Joint Committee Brazil-Botswana
2013 – The Director of the Department of Africa (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil) visits Gaborone