Representing Botswana on the Global stage

Collen Kelapile has come a long way since the days of his youth, which were predominantly spent looking after the family’s livestock in the dusty Central District village of Maitengwe.

Kelapile started school at the age of ten. He has not looked back since!

The newly appointed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Botswana to the United Nations with concurrent non resident bilateral accreditation to Cuba and Jamaica, Kelapile is man with a vision.

Less than a week into his new role and the 50-year-old is already looking at possible areas of cooperation and collaboration that are mutually beneficial to Botswana and the two countries.

His name might be Kelapile but he is wide awake and bursting with energy.

The Voice Staffer, Daniel Chida posed questions to the man who will be tasked with facilitation of employment opportunities for Batswana in general and youth attachments to UN organisations.

Q. Congratulations on your new appointment – how will you ensure that Botswana gain from it?

A. As an individual that has amassed vast experience on multilateral diplomacy, my appointment as Ambassador to the UN guarantees effective representation of Botswana’s national interests at the UN.


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