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Date of publication: Dec 4, 2017

Nkoloi Nkoloi

Ambassador
Embassy of Botswana
www.botswanaembassy.or.jp

Date of birth: April 30, 1968

Hometown: Serowe, Botswana

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 1 (as of October 2017)

Nkoloi Nkoloi
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

Since my arrival, I have never ceased to admire the incredible mindset and belief system of the Japanese in quality, workmanship, attention to detail, humility, culture and hard work. Japan is an amazing country with rich history and culture. Tokyo boasts efficient services, cleanliness, public safety standards and a high level of organization. The transportation system is world class with a network of trains and subways.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

My simple motto is: “You cannot pick up your pace by walking.” It was inspired by the great experiences and best practices that I have embraced over the years as I traveled across the world. Coming from a developing country that has many needs and challenges, I have learned that in order to develop, we need practices and benchmarks. To be globally competitive, we must invest in sustainable infrastructure.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

Serving my nation, sharing best practices, experiences, lessons and empowering others. As a foreign affairs officer, I have used my experiences to enrich my country and my countrymen with globally accepted standards. I have helped promote, protect and represent our national interests in the global system.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

To raise the bar in terms of our people-to-people relations, secure opportunities for our citizens, promote trade and business between Botswana and Japan, including trade, investment and tourism. One of my goals is to see Japanese companies invest in Botswana, partner with our people, transfer skills and technology to help improve the standards of living of our people.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

Learn and embrace the Japanese work ethic, culture and best practices, tap into the endless opportunities and use the lessons to transform their lives and the lives of others at home. To travel extensively across Japan, reach out to other cities, learn the different cultures and appreciate Japanese values and traditions. I believe that Japan possesses endless opportunities that can inspire and empower in many different ways.

Last updated: Oct 2, 2018