South Africa: In building up towards the upcoming US – AFRICA Business Summit, this morning, the Ministry of Trade and Investment (MTI), in conjunction with the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), hosted a Stakeholder Briefing Session at BITC Head Office in Gaborone.
The purpose of the briefing was to engage key stakeholders on the Summit and dialogue on expectations from Government and the private sector.
When addressing the attendants, the Honorable Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Mmusi Kgafela, expressed his delight at the CCA, having chosen Botswana as the host country for the Summit.
He further said the Summit brings an opportunity for Botswana businesses to network and explore business opportunities with key counterparts. Honourable Minister Kgafela went on to say that the Summit affords opportunities for investment start-ups as well as joint venture partnerships.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ms Malebogo Morakaladi, emphasized that the Summit presents a great opportunity to explore new business opportunities and meet business partners. She said through different plenary sessions, – investors, entrepreneurs, financiers, and government officials from Africa, the United States, and beyond will be brought together to forge partnerships, discuss challenges, find solutions, and expand investment in the African market.
In her remarks, the CCA president and CEO, Ms Florie Liser, said Africa is central to the global economy as it is the largest market in the world under the African Continental Free Trade Area. She also said Botswana has a significant footprint and boasts of good governance, international banking communities, democracy, and notable Wall Street rankings.
Botswana Investment and Trade Centre also shared a report about US-Africa Business Summit. They stated, “the US – Africa Business Summit will be held on the 11th – 14th of July 2023 in Gaborone.”
They also shared regular updates on their Twitter account about Summit. They stated, “In building up towards the upcoming US – AFRICA Business Summit, this morning the Ministry of Trade and Investment (MTI), in conjunction with the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), hosted a Stakeholder Briefing Session.”