President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa will travel to Zimbabwe on Friday for talks with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on the wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola.
Presidential spokesman Parks Mankahlana said that Mbeki's visit was part of a South African effort to improve relations with its neighbours. "The aim is to ensure that good neighbourliness and regional cooperation is not just left at the level of pleasantries but were dealt with concretely," Mankahlana said. Mankahlana said that wars in the DRC and Angola "would obliviously feature" on the agenda.
In reference to the current political situation in Zimbabwe he said: "The South African government wants to see growth and prosperity, not only in South Africa, but in the region, and that will include Zimbabwe."
NAMIBIA-ANGOLA: Angola should withdraw
The opposition Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) in Namibia has called on the government to order the withdrawal of Angolan troops from northern Namibia.
The DTA request came after President Sam Nujoma warned on state television this week that men may be conscripted to defend the northeast border, where the government has allowed the Angolan army to use Namibian territory in its campaign to drive UNITA rebels from their southern Angolan strongholds.
BOTSWANA: Foreign investment drive
The government of Botswana will offer tax perks to expatriates as part of a series of new measures aimed at attracting foreign investment.
Presenting the new budget in parliament on Tuesday, Finance and Development Planning Minister Baledzi Gaolathe said Botswana would also seek a sovereign credit rating from an international agency and introduce intellectual property legislation. He said the tax change for expatriates would involve moves to lift taxation in Botswana on investment income earned outside the country. He said the real growth rate during the 1999-2000 financial year was forecast at around 10 percent, more than double the rate achieved the year before.
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