On the 6th of June 2019, Ambassador of Cuba to Botswana, H.E Ms.Patricia Lazara Pego Guerra paid a courtesy call on the BMC Acting CEO Dr Boitumelo Mogome-Maseko. The discussion between the two were centered on areas of potential cooperation between Botswana Meat Commission and the Republic of Cuba. Ms Pego-Guerra noted that her visit might open a window of opportunities for the two nations to extend their mature bilateral relations through trade in beef. She explained that part of her mandate was to reinforce the mature bilateral relations that existed between Botswana and Cuba through trade.

After the plant tour, Ms Pego-Guerra mentioned that she was impressed with the BMC beef value chain. She said her island nation, with a population of 12 million people could provide a good market for Botswana’s beef. Her visit, she said, was in part aimed at celebrating Africa Day, adding that her country was inextricably intertwined with the continent.

For her part, Acting BMC chief executive officer, Dr Boitumelo Mogome-Maseko said the Commission is always ready to take advantage of best market opportunities. She said BMC is willing to explore business opportunities in Cuba, since the country is a potential market. Dr Mogome-Maseko also revealed that the state funded company was restructuring to allow for other players to also have a stake in the market.

On his part, BMC Chief Strategy Officer, Mr Brian Dioka explained that the Commission boasted not only beef products, but also a wealth of expertise on meat production. He said BMC is available to partner with Cuba on skills transfer basis.