Thursday, January 31, 2008

BOPA's diary of the year that was 2007

The end of the first month of 2008 leads us to look at the Botswana Government's Press Agency (BOPA) review of news highlights of 2007. A selection of items relevant to Okavango region planning:

February - The African Union adopts Botswana's position on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
March - Some 111 former residents of the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve return to the reserve following a High Court ruling that their relocation was unconstitutional.
May - The Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organisations refutes allegations of its association with opposition parties and Survival International (SI), a London-based organisation, which was against the relocation of Basarwa from the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve.
May - US Ambassador, Mrs Catherine Canavan, promises to help market Community Based Organisation (CBOs), engaged in tourism, through the regional, commercial Competitiveness Hub.
September - Government declines South African Air link bid to buy Air Botswana. Minister of Works and Transport, Ms Lesego Motsumi, says cabinet declined the proposals because it did not meet Botswanas air transport requirements and did not support governments wider objectives for the development of the transport and tourism sectors.
October - A suspected outbreak of foot and mouth disease is reported in the Habu Extension area near Nokaneng in Ngamiland District (Zone 2).
December - President Festus Mogae launches the Botswana Brand at the Gaborone International Convention Centre. BOPA

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