Greetings from the Head of Mission

2020/12/1
Ambassador Hoshiyama

Message from new Ambassador Hoshiyama

I feel privileged to have been appointed Ambassador of Japan to Botswana which is internationally renowned as a peaceful, democratic and beautiful African country enjoying good governance and principled diplomacy. This is my first assignment in Africa and I am honoured to be able to serve in Botswana, a trustable country that shares common values such as democracy, human rights and rule of law with Japan.

Japan is a global power, keeping strong alliance with the US, and having long contributed to the world peace and prosperity, especially in Asia, as a world third largest economy with highly advanced technology. Japan has also contributed to the world in various global issues such as climate change. This year, Japan declared that it would aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 and realize a carbon-neutral society.

In terms of development challenges of many developing countries, Japan has been taking leadership in promoting development in Africa since 1993 through the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) process, as an instance of its diplomatic effort. Moreover, Japan has served as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for eleven terms, more than any other UN member states, and hopes to be elected again in 2022. Japan believes it an urgent task to reform the UN Security Council in a way which reflects the current international situation and hopes that Japan joins the expanded Security Council as permanent member.

With Botswana being an upper-middle income economy, Japan’s ODA volume is not high, however, it has been providing high quality aid in various areas such as 1) economic development; namely, introducing Japanese terrestrial digital TV broadcasting system and assisting Kazungula Bridge project which is now near completion, 2) social development; namely donating medical equipment like thermographic cameras and mobile X-ray machines in response to COVID-19 and constructing HIV/AIDS counseling and testing centre, and 3) technical assistance and capacity building; for example, receiving in Japan over 1000 Batswana for training and scholarships. Japan has provided ODA all over the world to support and promote “Quality Infrastructure Investment” using Japan’s advanced high quality technology. If there are good candidate projects in the area of basic infrastructure development, I would like to realize such projects using Japan’s ODA in cooperation with the Botswana government.

I will try my best to strengthen the existing cooperation and promote the longstanding mutually trusting relations between Japan and Botswana.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Botswana
HOSHIYAMA Takashi

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