GABORONE, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- The new ambassador of European Union (EU) to Botswana Jan Sadek says his organization is committed to strengthening partnership with Botswana and the rest of the African continent.
Speaking during media interaction at a breakfast meeting held in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana on Wednesday, Sadek, who is also accredited to SADC, said upon his arrival in the country he met with President Mokgweetsi Masisi and discussed a number of key issues such as trade and investment.
He noted that EU was committed to assisting the country in many areas to boost investment, further attract private investor, support education and skills development for employability, as well as boost trade and improve the business climate.
Sadek said Botswana stands a better position to handsomely benefit from EU programs, particularly that the country is stable, adding that there is still room to increase trade between the two.
In the meantime, Sadek said the new EU leadership is also committed to deepening the EU's economic and trade relationship with Africa through investment and job creation.
One of the initiatives of achieving this is through "A new Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs".
The aim of the Alliance is to take the EU's partnership with Africa to the next level by boosting investment trade and business, among others.
The plan will be supported by the Commission's current and future budget, for which Africa is highlighted as a priority region.
Meanwhile, investing in people, EU recognizes that Africa has the youngest population of any region of the world and continues to experience demographic growth. It therefore recognizes that providing people with access to education is of paramount importance.