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.