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The Botswanan government seeks closer cooperation with China in a view to accelerating its information communication technology (ICT) development, a government official said on Friday.

Addressing a Dot Africa workshop in Francistown, Botswana’s second largest city some 430 km northeast of the capital, Gaborone, Aaron Nyelesi, head of corporate communications at Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority, said the move is at an advanced stage.

Dot Africa is Africa’s new top level domain that will be utilized to promote the development of Africa’s internet services and to showcase African pride, identity and know-how.

Nyelesi said the acceleration of ICT growth in closer cooperation with China will eventually lead to the transformation of the Botswanan economy.

“We are dreaming big in Botswana. And we are looking at cooperating with China in as far as accelerating ICT growth in the country,” he said.

He praised China’s ICT strategy for developing indigenous communication technologies and industries and its ICT implementation in enhancing rural education in the world’s populous nation.

“Botswana can learn a lot from China,” said Nyelesi.

“With the envisaged help from China, Botswana will become southern Africa’s hub in ICT,” he said. Enditem

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