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  • Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) in collaboration with the Kenya High Commission to Botswana and Business Botswana jointly hosted a business delegation from the Republic of Kenya from the 27th to the 29th June 2016. The visit by the Kenya business delegation coincided with the State Visit to Botswana by the President of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta.

    The Business Seminar was hosted at Gaborone Interna- tional Convention Centre (GICC) on the 28th June 2016 with the visiting President, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta as Guest of Honour. In attendance to welcome him was the Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Hon. Vincent T. Seretse. In his welcome remarks the Minister gave an overview of Botswana’s economic climate and BITC’s mandate, he also stated that, “Botswana and Kenya enjoy historical trade relations and that the two countries have in the past held business seminars to

    In his part the Kenyan President noted that the trade between the two countries is decreasing. He stated that, “I hope that a Forum of this nature, which has been held twice this year, will contribute to the turnaround of an undesirable situation and boost trade amongst the two countries.” He further stated that the Forum provides an opportunity to dialogue which will allow for the two countries to work together. He gave an overview of the developments in Kenya over the past few years that are contributory to the increased economic activity in Kenya such

    The visiting Kenyan business delegation comprised of compa- nies in the Financial and Business Services, Agriculture (horticulture/floriculture/dairy/tea), Education, Information Com- munication Technology (ICT), Innovation, Tourism and Hospital- ity sectors. Over and above being hosted to a Business Semi- nar, the Kenyan delegation had a mini expo at the GICC to showcase their products and had business to business

    identify areas of collaboration.”

    The President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta with Minister of Investment Trade and Industry, Hon Vincent T. Seretse during the Business Seminar hosted by BITC.

    as infrastructural development.

    NEWSLETTER ISSUE 3 JUNE 2016

    meetings with their Botswana counterparts.

    BOTSWANA KENYA INVESTMENT FORUM

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    BITC AND THE BOTSWANA EMBASSY IN GERMANY HOST AN INWARD INVESTMENT AND TRADE PROMOTION

    BITC TAKES BOTSWANA COMPANIES TO SAITEX 2016

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    INTRODUCING KEMPTEK (PTY) LTD - A BITC ASSISTED COMPANY7

    BITC LEADS 12 COMPANIES TO THE ZIMBABWE INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR

    BITC AND BRAND BOTSWANA TAKE PART AT THE 2016 BUSINESS BOTSWANA EXPO IN FRANCISTOWN

    GLOBAL EXPO 2016 - INVESTMENT & TRADE CONFERENCE

    BITC CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS/ FEEDBACK PROCESS

    The first quarter of the financial year, 2016/2017 was a busy period for BITC and Botswana. The organisation hosted a Business Seminar for the German inward business delegation in April and another one for the Kenya inward business delegation in June. The Kenya Business seminar was as a result of the State Visit by the President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru

    BITC also participated in two major exhibitions, the 2016 Zimbabwe Inter- national Trade Fair (ZITF) and the 2016 Southern African International Trade Exhibition for Retail products – SAITEX. The organisation hosted a Business Seminar during the 2016 SAITEX as a way of gearing apprecia- tion for Botswana’s investment climate and giving a platform for BITC assisted companies that were part of the exhibition to showcase their

    Also in this quarter BITC took part in the annual Business Botswana North- ern Trade Fair from the 25th to the 29th May 2016 in Francistown. Our participation at this exhibition provided a much needed stage for BITC and Brand Botswana to impart information on the organisation’s mandate and achievements since inception. As has been the norm in the past newslet- ters, in this one we are profiling a BITC assisted company, Kemptek (Pty) Ltd which is based in Francistown. This is an opportunity for the entity to share information on the companies that we are assisting and the benefits

    In the next issue we will discuss the various events that BITC hosted and how they have impacted on how we have been engaging our stakeholders. The newsletter is a publication that educates and imparts knowledge on Botswana and BITC.

    Enjoy this issue and give feedback. For more information on BITC go to our website: www.gobotswana.com!

    Kenyatta.

    products.

    derived from services received from BITC.

  • BITC AND THE BOTSWANA EMBASSY IN GERMANY HOST AN

    BITC TAKES BOTSWANA COMPANIES TO SAITEX 2016

    INWARD INVESTMENT AND TRADE PROMOTION MISSION

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    There was an official welcome for the delegation from Germany on Monday 11th April 2016 held at the Gabo- rone International Convention Centre (GICC). The delegation consisted of representatives from companies

    Health Services, Finance, Water and Consulting.

    During the Business Seminar, the organisation’s Chief Executive, Letsebe Sejoe gave a presentation on the various investment opportunities available in Botswana. His presentation highlighted the different rankings that Botswana is doing well in and the different incentives available for investors. The German delegation had representatives from all the sectors that their Botswana

    Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) in partnership with the Botswana Embassy in Germany and Afrika – Verein (German-Africa Busi- ness Association) hosted a German Business delegation in Gaborone, Botswana from the 11th to the 13th April 2016. This inward mission was an opportunity for the Botswana business community to engage with their German counterparts and

    in the following sectors which Botswana leveraged on to attract investment; Energy, Infrastructure, Security, Tourism, Agriculture, Mining, Construction, ICT enabled

    In a continued effort to promote Botswana products and explore new markets for the country’s products, Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) sent eight companies to participate at the Southern African International Trade Exhibition for Retail prod- ucts – SAITEX which was held at Gallagher Conven- tion Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa from the

    Participating companies included Alpha Access Botswana, Kalahari Floor Tiles, Can Manufacturers, Foods Botswana, Glam Collections, Botswana Meat Commission, Ali Boats and PotFid Furniture. Through this mission, the aforementioned companies showcasing their companies and products as well as source markets, suppliers, retailers, wholesalers, partners and internati-

    Alongside the Expo, BITC collaborated with the Botswana High Commission in the Republic of South Africa (RSA) to host a business networking seminar on the 20th June 2016. The Botswana Deputy High Com- missioner to South Africa, Lesedi N. Thema introduced Botswana as a destination of choice for work, investment and leisure, and implored the gathered delegates to seriously consider Botswana as a destination for invest- ment as the country has a lot to offer. He mentioned amongst others the fact that Botswana continues to do well in various international rankings, among them the ease of doing business, baseline profitability, credit sovereign status and that Botswana offers a safe and secure investment environment.

    BITC’s Executive Director, Strategy and Competitive- ness, Keletsositse Olebile unpacked the business opportunities that exist in Botswana’s close space and elaborated on how potential investors are assisted to set up in the country. The Botswana companies participat- ing at the SAITEX were also given an opportunity to introduce their companies and product lines at the

    SAITEX is one of the biggest business and networking opportunities event on the continent and showcases a wide range of products. The event is an exclusive platform where buyers meet sellers and agents. It attracts hundreds of exhibitors from across Africa and

    The Executive Director, Strategy and Competitive- ness Keletsositse Olebile with the Executive Direc- tor (A), International Business- RSA Moshie Ratsebe with potential investors at the BITC Business

    well over 13 000 visitors every year.

    Business seminar.

    Seminar in Johannesburg.

    19th to the 22nd June 2016.

    counterparts could leverage on.

    tional buyers.

    explore areas of collaboration or partnership.

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    BITC LEADS 12 COMPANIES TO THE ZIMBABWE INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR

    His Excellency, Kenny Kapinga briefing the mission dele-