SL and Botswana to collaborate on diamond and jewellery trade

Highlighting the importance of collaborations between the diamond industry of Botswana and the gem and jewelry industry of Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan High Commissioner for South Africa Sirisena Amarasekara and Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation of Botswana Dr. Lemogang Kwape agreed to study the potentials of these industries to generate more employment opportunities and achieve greater economic growth.

This discussion took place when the High Commissioner visited the Republic of Botswana and held bilateral discussions, the Sri Lanka High Commission in Pretoria said in a statement.

“Industrial cooperation is particularly beneficial to both countries as the high-quality diamonds mined in Botswana can be crafted into high-quality jewelry by Sri Lanka’s skilled jewelry craftsmen,” the statement notes.

Further, High Commissioner Amarasekara praised the friendly relationship between the two countries while Minister Kwape showed appreciation towards the contributions made by Sri Lankan professionals to the economy and public administration system of Botswana.

Minister Kwape also drew attention to the tea industries in both Sri Lanka and Botswana, encouraging cooperation between them.

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in South Africa is concurrently accredited to the Republic of Botswana.