United States – Botswana Open-Skies Aviation Agreement Enters Into Force. The United States – Botswana Open-Skies aviation agreement, which was negotiated in December 2013 at the ICAO Air Services Negotiation Conference (ICAN), entered into force on May 23, 2014. The Agreement was signed at the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone by the Chargé d’Affaires, Mr. Michael J. Murphy. This is the first aviation agreement between the two countries. Open Skies will allow the airlines of both countries to fly to, from, and beyond the other’s territory, without restriction on how often carriers fly, the kind of aircraft they use, and the prices that they charge. The United States has 114 Open Skies partners to date, 25 of which are in Africa. Contact: Caitlin Harvey: (202) 366-4570.