By Azania Post Reporter
THE Executive Secretary of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Dr. Stergomena Tax has thanked the Japanese government for supporting forest and energy project in the region.
Dr Tax told the outgoing Japanese ambassador to Republic of Botswana and special SADC representative, Masahiro Onishi, that they are happy with support from Tokyo.
She said in a statement that Japan has facilitated the launch of the SADC project on conservation and sustainable management of forest resources in Southern Africa in 2015, and the energy project profiling programme.
Dr Tax wished the outgoing envoy Onishi personal good health and success in his future undertakings.
The Sustainable Management of Forest Resources in Southern Africa Project is for a period of five years and is supported by the Government of Japan, through the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA).
The project is aimed at enhancing the capacity of SADC Member States in sustainable forest management and conservation.
On his part ambassador Onishi who bade farewell to Dr Tax , expressed gratitude to the organization for the good working relationship that he enjoyed during his three-year tenure of office
He formally informed the SADC Executive Secretary that he will be leaving Botswana at the end of this month.
He assured the regional organization that the incoming Ambassador will continue to strengthen the relationship that exists between SADC and Japan, and to deepen collaboration for regional development.
During the visit to the Secretariat, Ambassador Onishi was accompanied by Yu Nakao, researcher/advisor from Embassy of Japan in Botswana.