The King inspects diamonds at the Diamond Trading Centre Botswana. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Scanpix
On Wednesday 23 March, the second day of the State Visit to Botswana began with a visit to the Diamond Trading Centre Botswana (DTCB).
DTCB is the world's largest individual organisation for sorting and valuing diamonds. The aim is that DTCB should contribute towards more of the processing work relating to diamonds found in Botswana also taking place in the country, thereby generating income within Botswana. The King then visited Sweden House, which is currently the Swedish Trade Council's office in Botswana. Afterwards, The King visited the Southern African Development Community. SADC was formed in 1980, with the original purpose of reducing the region's dependence on the South African apartheid regime of the time. The organisation now works to promote economic growth, democracy, peace, security and stability. Dinners and reciprocal dinners are customary during State Visits. At this State Visit, however, a lunch and a reciprocal lunch are being served instead. Today, The King hosted a reciprocal lunch at the Hotel Gaborone Sun. Lunch was followed by a visit to the Botswana Red Cross Society, which has worked together with the Swedish Red Cross for many years. The King attended together with the entire official delegation to find out more about the work of the society. The Red Cross launched its operations in Botswana in 1968. The King then visited Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinic. The clinic treats young HIV and AIDS sufferers. It was opened in 2003, and was the first hospital of its kind in Africa. More than 4,000 children, young people and their families are cared for by the clinic.