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Botswana: China Pledges Meteorological Satellite System

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Gaborone — Climate change and its adverse effects have to be addressed actively through strengthened international cooperation, says Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Ms Philda Kereng.

Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Botswana and China recently, the minister said it was on the basis of such cooperation that the two countries were signing the agreement.

The MoU paved the way for the donation of a Multi-Satellite Integrated Metrological Satellite Data Mobile Receiving System, she said.

Ms Kereng said the purpose of the MoU was to establish a framework to enable parties to work together in addressing climate change.

The minister expressed gratitude for the long standing relationship between Botswana and China which she said was growing from strength to strength as evidenced by the signing of the MoU.

She said Botswana welcomed the “One Belt and One Road South-South Cooperation Plan on Climate Change” proposed by China at the second international summit on the subject.

Minister Kereng mentioned that a Botswana delegation underwent space technical training offered by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) in 2015.

The training, coupled with a visit to CAST headquarters, resulted in the two parties deciding to have deeper cooperation in the satellite application field, she said.

Minister Kereng said CAST pledged to build and donate to Botswana a “Multi-Satellite Integration Meteorological Transportable Ground Application System” (TGAS)with satellite tracking, data acquisition, imaging and processing capability.