Botswana president holds talks with German Chancellor

Botswana president Seretse Khama Ian Khama on Tuesday held talks with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel in Berlin ahead of the International Tourism Exhibition (Bourse) – ITB Berlin 2017.
According to the southern African nation’s Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation, President Khama has been invited as the guest of honour, and he will thus deliver a keynote address at the global event.
A news release from the Ministry stated that the government of Botswana partnered with ITB Berlin 2017 in March 2016, to boost Botswana’s international awareness as a tourism destination of choice.
“As a partner country, this will afford Botswana an invaluable opportunity to share her [Botswana] experience and success in the tourism sector. This further enables Botswana to showcase her cultural heritage, market services and tourism related investment opportunities, including investment opportunities,” the release states.
Land-locked Botswana has been participating at the International Tourism Exhibition for the past 15 years. The Tourism is an increasingly important industry in Botswana, accounting for almost 12% of GDP.
According to the Finance Minister Kenneth Matambo, the country’s $14-billion economy will grow by nearly double in 2017 compared to 2016 as it shakes off a slump in global commodity prices and electricity shortages.