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25.10.18
PRESIDENT MASISI SELLS BOTSWANA TO SWISS INVESTORS-The Swiss business community has been encouraged to view Botswana as an attractive investment destination and a base to do business and expand into southern Africa. The call was made by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi in a meeting with select Swiss business leaders in Geneva on Tuesday. Discussions during the meeting were around luxury goods, precious stones, high end tourism and economic diversification amongst others. “When we go after our investors we focus sharply. Though we have a small population we have a number of comparative advantages. We would like you to look at Botswana as a base to do business and a base to expand your business in the region,” he said. President Masisi described Botswana as a place of refuge and operation with a government prepared to facilitate that. “In our long term vision, our economic outlook into the future, we would like to transform to a knowledge based economy premised on a determination to export our knowledge, our skill, our goods and products. I don’t see why you wouldn’t want that? We have what it takes, trust us we would trust you,” he said. President Masisi shared Botswana’s historical journey, political progress and good governance since the attainment of independence. He said the country was lucky to have brought in development partners who helped to deal with some most intractable challenges adding that “we are agile, structured and postured and we stand ready to welcome you. In this new dispensation we are committed to doing what it takes to not only roll out the red carpet but to facilitate you whenever you meet a hurdle, it is our primary responsibility to sort it out”. He said the fortitude and resolve of the country’s predecessors galvanised its people with strong commitment to nationalistic creed and patriotic disposition as well as addiction to the rule of law. “We borrowed from the Brits, the British Westminster parliamentary system, constituency based and multiparty democratic dispensation. It was so strongly felt in the early 60s and late 70s when it was very fashionable and associated with Africanism to be one party state, we rejected that. We remain addicted to the rule of law,” he said. Dr Masisi said Botswana hatched out the longest and oldest private public partnership when it collaborated with DeBeers soon after independence. “We came from a very frail position in terms of capacity to negotiate or even bear technological competence to deal with mining. We were able to sit around a table and hatch out a deal like no other in the world,” he said of the partnership. In an interview, Mr Hugues Jucker of Graff Diamonds International noted that Botswana had a perfect reputation globally. The company’s association with Botswana is through its acquisition of the country’s historic gemstone Lesedi La Rona unearthed at the Lucara Karowe Mine. English jeweler Laurence Graff, chairman of the company, purchased the world’s most valuable rough diamond weighing 1109 carats. (BOPA)
25.10.18
DOING BUSINESS MADE EASY-Government is undertaking necessary reforms to provide a conducive environment for doing business in Botswana. This was said by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi during the tourism, investment and cultural night hosted by the Botswana mission in Geneva on the sidelines of the ongoing World Investment Forum (WIF). The cultural and investment extravaganza was meant to showcase Botswana as a unique nation through its cuisine, music, crafts and tourism. President Masisi said government was cognisant of its shortcomings as outlined in the global competitiveness and the doing business reports. He said his administration had embarked on a very intentional journey to ensure that it addresses areas which various reports had cited as needing attention. “Our doing business reforms include an overhaul of our immigration policy, including the visa regime to ease the processes for visitors as well as for investors wishing to set up in Botswana. The aim is to improve our agility in facilitating access to Botswana by visitors, tourists and the business community for their respective purposes,” he said. President Masisi said the visit to Switzerland was to provide the world with insights about Botswana beyond investment opportunities. “We are aware that as a relatively small economy, we may not be known to some of you. But we can pronounce Botswana as a true destination of choice for investment, leisure, and work. Our central geographical positioning within Southern Africa presents opportunities of a base for expansion and exporting to the Southern African market, and the wider African continent, through existing trade agreements,” he said. The president said Botswana had consistently ranked highly and positively as one of the best governed, most transparent, most peaceful, and least corrupt countries in Africa, adding that “we also offer a unique tourism experience, which has a warm welcoming environment; a pristine tourism offering safaris events and adventure tourism opportunities”. He said Botswana is host to unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Tsodilo Hills, and the world-famous Okavango Delta, which is the 1000th listed heritage site. DeBeers Group chief executive officer Mr Bruce Cleaver said in the midst of the world challenges, innovative partnerships were vital. He said Botswana, through its prudent leadership, had managed to transform into a fast growing economy adding that they were proud to be associated with the success story. Mr Cleaver noted that partnerships were not easy to manage as they required transparency and goodwill amongst others, stressing that at the heart of the DeBeers and Botswana partnership was commitment. Entertainment for the cultural night was provided by renowned saxophonist Lister Boleseng as well as a traditional dance ensemble. (BOPA)
25.10.18


President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi on October 23 witnessed an historic occasion when Botswana and the International Trade Centre (ITC) put pen to paper on a declaration promoting the economic empowerment of women in Botswana. Speaking briefly after the signing ceremony at the Botswana mission in Geneva, President Masisi said Botswana had a burgeoning number of young people who were aspirational and motivated but faced with a challenge of limited jobs.
“If you empower the girl child, adolescent girl, young woman the better. If you look the other side it is the young women who bear the brunt of many challenges in development.
15.10.18
PRESIDENT DISMISSES MEDIA REPORTS- President Mokgweetsi Masisi has dismissed as untrue media reports that link poaching and government decision to withdraw certain types of weapons from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks and Anti-Poaching Unit. In a key note speech during the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) conference at Battersea Evolution in London on October 12, President Masisi said the decision to withdraw the arms was to rectify an administrative oversight and re-assert the country’s commitment to the rule of law.
15.10.18

UB HONOURS MASISI- President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has vowed to assist the University of Botswana to become relevant to the demands of a knowledge-based economy. President Masisi also pledged to develop national and international links that would help advance the vision and mission of the university as a leading centre of academic excellence in Africa and the world.
Receiving an Honorary Doctorate from UB on October 13, President Masisi said he was delighted that the university bestowed upon him such high honour.
He is the 16th recipient of the honourary degree of Doctor of Laws of the University of Botswana since 1982.
He said the conferment reinforced his belief that the university held a critical key to the economic development and diversification of the country.
He expressed gratitude to the university for finding him worthy of recognition, and reaffirmed his trust on the leadership of the university.
He also noted that UB had been a training ground for thousands of captains of industry and the civil service. 
12.10.18
MORUPISI ENGAGES PUBLIC OFFICERS IN GABORONE- Government and Public Sector Unions continue to engage , to ensure that bargaining council gets operational. Addressing Public Officers based in Gaborone this morning, Permanent Secretary to the President Carter Morupisi said it was expected that the discussions will be completed by September however there has been a delay . Morupisi said President Mokgweetsi Masisi s desire is to have bargaining council advise him on how to deal with the welfare issues which public officers continue to grapple with.
12.10.18
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT KEY President Mokgweetsi Masisi says Botswana has, through its shrewd management of resources and innate determination by its forefathers, moved from bottom of the socio economic wrung to the middle income economy. President Masisi presented the Botswana story when giving a lecture on: Prudent Management of Resources at the Said Business School of Oxford University on Wednesday.
12.10.18
PRESIDENT MASISI INTERVIEW WITH BBC It is the western media, in particular British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC), that broke the news about the so-called massacre of 87 elephants in Botswana; something the government of Botswana, distinguished for its shrewd and best world wildlife conservation practices, moved swiftly to verify the authenticity of the news reports. On Wednesday, President Mokgweetsi Masisi, who is in London to attend Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT), went on to sit with BBC to set the record straight in as far as the alleged spike in elephant poaching. Reporter, Mooketsi Mojalemotho captured in part the conversation of Botswana’s first citizen with BBC anchor for African Affairs, Mr Peter Okwoche and this is how it panned out.
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