The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has hailed Botswana’s peace and democracy, noting that in his 10-year tenure as the Secretary General, during which he handled conflict situations in various parts of Africa, he has not had a dossier on Botswana in his desk. He was speaking at a BOT50 celebration reception hosted by the Permanent Mission of Botswana to the United Nations in New York on 30 September 2016. In addition to the Secretary General, who was his spouse Mrs Ban Soon-taek, the reception was attended by over 300 guests comprising Ambassadors, United Nations Secretariat Staff, representatives of the business sector and civil society as well as Batswana in and around New York, friends of Botswana including people who worked and lived in Botswana. The text Secretary General’s remarks below:
It is a great honour for me and my wife to be here, on this delightful occasion of Botswana’s Jubilee Celebration. Fifty years is, undoubtedly, a significant milestone in the history of a country.
It is most astounding that, from its humble beginnings at Independence in 1966, when it was considered one of the poorest countries in the World, Botswana, against all odds, subsequently emerged to become one of Africa’s economic and political success stories.
The country has, over the years, consistently recorded impressive rates of economic growth and is also among the most politically stable democracies on the African continent.
On this auspicious occasion, we, as members of the international community, wish the Government and People of the Republic of Botswana, continued peace and prosperity over the next 50 and more years to come. Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, at this juncture, I wish to invite you to please join me in drinking a toast: To the continued good health and visionary leadership of His Excellency President Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama; To Botswana’s continued peace and prosperity; And, to International Peace and Security.