The president of Botswana began an 11-day trip to the United States on Tuesday, leaving from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport as he headed off for his working visit to a number of cities.
President Mokgweetsi Masisi will visit Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York and New Haven during his travels, with two of those destinations connected with Botswana’s diamond industry.
Masisi will attend the De Beers Annual JCK Trade Show in Las Vegas, and meet with the Tiffany Company in New York.
He’ll also visit Stanford University and meet with students from Botswana attending the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) Transformation Program, sponsored by De Beers.
“The SEED is an initiative of the Stanford Graduate School of Business aimed at contributing to poverty eradication strategies in developing economies,” the Botswana government said in a statement. “The Institute collaborates with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that transform lives.”
Elsewhere, the trip to New Haven will take him to Yale University to discuss possible collaboration with Botswana.
In addition to the first lady, Neo Masisi, the president’s delegation includes the Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism; the Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security; the Minister of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services, and other senior officials.
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