In an effort to transform Botswana to be a health hub in Southern Africa the Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation Dr. Unity Dow together with the Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Hon. Bogolo Kenewendo yesterday met with a group of at least ten (10) health experts from the International Medical Group (Gruppo San Donato) in Maputo, Mozambique.
The Group in partnership with Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo invited Botswana on the sidelines of the US-Africa Summit with pursuit for a collaboration in the area of Health Care.
Addressing the media after the working lunch, Minister Dow said the conversation of was centered around what they can do for Botswana especially in the area of Paediatric Cancer.
“Statistics show that 80% of Children with Cancer in Africa die whilst 80% or more in developed countries survive, you can see there is a huge need and opportunity for growth.”
Minister Dow further said the group have expertise in running hospitals and with the Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital about to open there is huge opportunity for partnership in that regard.
“Our medical export bill to South Africa and India is too high and Botswana can be the health hub in the Southern Africa’ she added
For her part Minister Kenewendo said Botswana is looking for investment in all the wide sectors since is the only “landlinked’ country in Southern Africa. “If you looking to penetrate the Zambian, Namibian, South African and Zimbabwean markets is best for you to start from Botswana.”
Furthermore, Kenewendo said they are working tirelessly to open Botswana to several markets citing the recently signed agreement with EAC markets.
“We are certainly open to doing business and we have been continuously reforming, aiming to be the best place to do business and the easiest environment to do business in the continent and the competitive in the world.”
The Grouppo San Donato, the leading health care in Europe has more than 20 hospitals, 16 000 employees, about 4 million patients and 2 Universities has existing cooperation with several countries including Mozambique, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco , Senegal, Nigeria, Cameroon and Romania