Botswana reviews immigration policies to improve business environment

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GABORONE, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Monday revealed that the southern African country will continue to review immigration policies and acts to facilitate business activities.

Delivering the state of the nation address (SONA) to the first meeting of Botswana's second session of the twelfth parliament in Gaborone, Botswana's capital city, Masisi said his government is reviewing both the immigration and citizenship acts.

"As a way of improving the business environment, (Botswana) government will continue to review immigration policies and acts to facilitate the ease of doing business in Botswana," said Masisi, adding that Botswana is also in the process of finalizing a migration policy in collaboration with the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

These collaborative finalization processes with SADC will be completed by the end of March next year, he said.

In an endeavor to make Botswana the country of choice for international tourists and investors, Masisi said his nation in 2019 introduced reforms which include decentralization of visa applications to Botswana's diplomatic missions and the issuance of visas at entry points.

In addition, the relaxation of visa requirements was introduced to make doing business in Botswana smooth and seamless with the ultimate intention of providing the services digitally after seamless integration of systems. Enditem

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