The Ambassador-Designate of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Republic of Botswana, H.E. Mrs Maria Pavlova Tzotzorkava-Taymakthieva says the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is gaining increasing significance in maintaining peace and security within the region. The Ambassador-Designate said this during her courtesy call to the SADC Secretariat on 12 April 2022. Amb. Tzotzorkava-Taymakthieva who was received on behalf of the SADC Executive Secretary, by Amb. Joseph Nourrice, the Deputy Executive Secretary for Corporate Affairs at the SADC Secretariat, in Gaborone, Botswana, said Bulgaria has supported the SADC region since the 1970s and1980s when young students took up studies in Bulgaria.
During the meeting, the two parties discussed issues of mutual interest with the view to support SADC’s efforts towards regional integration. The Bulgarian Ambassador said her country has comparative advantage in Science and Technology, and added that a new Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Technology (INSAIT) was recently launched, which has the potential to benefit students from the SADC region, through student exchange programmes and scholarships.
The SADC Deputy Executive Secretary for Corporate Affairs congratulated the new Ambassador for her appointment, and expressed SADC’s willingness to engage with the Embassy of Bulgaria and explore potential areas of collaboration between the Government of Bulgaria and the SADC Region. Amb. Nourrice presented an overview of the SADC priorities outlined in the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-2030 and SADC's Vision 2050 which are aimed at having a peaceful, inclusive, competitive, middle to high income industrialised region, where all citizens enjoy sustainable economic well-being, justice, and freedom by 2050.