Welcome to the website of Embassy of the Republic of Botswana in Japan, also accredited to South Korea, Philippines and Thailand. The website provides an overview of Botswana as well as the Embassy activities and services.
This year marks Botswana’s 50 years Anniversary of Independence. Since independence in 1966, Botswana has progressively developed from one of the poorest countries in Africa and the rest of the world to become a high middle income country. We pay homage to our founding fathers, through whose vision and devotion we have been able to build our nation and achieve what today is the envy of many. This has been achieved through the four principles of self-reliance, unity, democracy and development which our founding leaders embedded in the society to bind us together as one nation.
In June 1964, the United Kingdom accepted proposals for democratic self-government in Botswana. The seat of government was moved from Mafikeng, South Africa in 1965, to the newly established Gaborone. The first general elections in 1965 led to independence on 30th September 1966. Sir Seretse Khama, a leader in the independence movement was elected as the first President leading the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).
The presidency was passed to the then sitting Vice-President, Quett Masire in 1980 following the death of Sir Seretse Khama. Dr Quett Masire was elected in his own right in 1984 and re-elected in 1989 and 1994. Masire retired from office in 1998, and was succeeded by Festus Mogae, who was elected in his own right in 1999 and re-elected in 2004. The presidency passed to Lieutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama in 2008 who had been serving as Mogae's Vice-President since resigning his position as Commander of the Botswana Defence Force in 1998 to take up the civilian role.
Once the poorest and hopeless country and now the second biggest producer of diamonds in the world and a beacon of democracy and peace in Africa, we are happy to boast that for the past 50 years, Botswana has experienced an impressive economic growth, free and fair democratic elections, good governance, and prudent macroeconomic and fiscal management.
Botswana’s success story has not been without challenges that include such as droughts, poverty, HIV/AIDS and unemployment. The Government of Botswana is working around the clock to address these.Botswana is also famous for the natural beauty of its fauna and flora. In particular we invite you to visit the world famous Chobe and Okavango for the world class tourism.
We also invite the International community at large, to come and invest in our country as we move to the next level of our development from resource driven economy to a diversified and knowledge driven one.
As we celebrate the golden jubilee it is my honour to invite all to come to Botswana as investors, tourists and development partners to further advance Botswana’s developments agenda.
Jacob Dickie NKATE