Japan & SADC

The Embassy of Japan in Botswana maintains close contact with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat which is headed by the SADC Executive Secretary and is located in Gaborone, Botswana. The Government of Japan has appointed the Ambassador of Japan to Botswana as the resident representative to the SADC. It is expected that the relations between Japan and the SADC, and southern Africa in general, will become even closer and the Embassy will assist the cooperation between Japan and the SADC.

Good progress was made in the context of the Memorandum on Cooperation in 2012 between the Government of Japan and the SADC Secretariat. The objective of this Memorandum is to provide a framework for cooperation and strengthen the relationship between the two Participants. It is the first Memorandum the Government of Japan has ever signed with Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa and this demonstrates the great potential that could be released through our cooperation.

Technical cooperation projects implemented by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are underway with a view to expanding capacity in the SADC countries to address various social, economic and environmental challenges such as management of forest resources. The Embassy of Japan assists in preparing the framework conditions within which individual projects can be implemented.