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The Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Mr. Andrey V. Kemarskiy said he is here in Botswana which is the headquarters of Southern African Development Community (SADC) to cement relationship and intensify cooperation in several areas. He said this morning, during a courtesy call.
The State Duma is one of the chambers of the Russian parliament, the Federal Assembly. It is a legislative authority that consists of 450 members elected for five years. The Ambassador said 326 seats in the Russian parliament belong to the United Russia political party which is ruling and that 57 seats are for the Communist party.
In the issue of education, Mr. Kemarskiy further said close to 200 Batswana students study in different schools in either Moscow or St. Petersburg and on the issue of the COVID-19 pandemic, he said his country is currently in the process of developing a new kind of vaccine which will be in the form of nasal drops which will be used as a booster.
On his remarks, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Honourable Phandu Skelemane, appealed to the Ambassador to invite Botswana Members of Parliament to Duma in order to learn more about democracy and governance. He said there is a lot that Botswana can learn from Russia since it is a big country, much older, huge population and diverse interest.
The Speaker of the National Assembly Hon Phandu T.C Skelemani hosted a farewell Dinner in honor of Cuban Ambassador Her Excellency, Ms. Patricia Pego Guerra.
During the farewell dinner the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Skelemani asserted that Botswana has benefited a lot in terms of bilateral relations with Cuba. He further added that even in areas of liberation Batswana were aided a lot and that the contribution made by Cuban government in many areas has always been immensely.
In her response, Ambassador Guerra thanked the Hon Speaker for his gesture and reminded him that both countries are now celebrating their 44th anniversary on bilateral relations. She further concluded that she will continue to strengthen and support the bilateral relations between both countries.
The President Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi will deliver his annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) at Parliament Buildings this afternoon, which also begins the 1st Meeting of the 3rd Session of the 12th Parliament.
The meeting will be virtual and broadcast live on Botswana Television and Radio Botswana due to COVID-19 pandemic, and you can also follow the proceedings through Parliament Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BotswanaParliament
 
 
A delegation from KONRAD Foundation, made up of mostly politicians; electoral officers; policy makers and civil society from 15 different countries paid a courtesy call on Ntlo ya Dikgosi.
The objective of the visit was to appreciate the history of Ntlo Ya Dikgosi, its mandate and functions. The Secretary of Ntlo ya Dikgosi, Mr. Moroka Moreri presented on the evolution of the House of Chiefs to the current Ntlo ya Dikgosi. The delegation was led by Mr. Christoph Plate from South Africa.

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