Boccim to Be More Visible

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) will in future concentrate on high level cross-cutting issues as the apex body and as thus representing more businesses countrywide.

BOCCIM chief executive officer, Ms Maria Machailo-Ellis said this in an interview during BOCCIM business delegation’s visit to Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines (OLDM). Ms Machailo-Ellis promised that BOCCIM will be visible countrywide compared to the status quo.

Priding itself as the voice of the business that offers aocacy, representation and provision of services to members, BOCCIM intended to empower the regional chambers to deal with issues specific to doing business in their chambers while the apex body will be dealing high level issues such as taxation inter alia.

Sector chambers will be concentrating on sector specific issues such as challenges to health sector, mining and construction amongst a host of other sectors under BOCCIM.

While addressing cross-cutting issues such as licensing, the apex body will utilise sectors and regional chambers for feedback and provision of information that would necessitate improved business transactions.

Further, the apex body will capacitate chambers to fully discharge their duties.

Regional chambers will participate in lower business levels and batter engage with stakeholders at that level, according to the acting president.

For his part, BOCCIM vice president north Mr Palalani Moitlhobogi said that BOCCIM will never be the same again.

He decried that many businesses were slow in joining the confederation yet they continue to benefit from BOCCIM efforts.

Established in 1971 as Botswana Employers Federation, BOCCIM changed to its current state in 1988 and boasts of having successfully established high level consultative council and the establishment of national business council amongst its plethora of successes.

Not only that, BOCCIM claims to have engineered the lowering of both corporate and personal tax from a high of 35 per cent to a low of 15 per cent for manufacturing and 25 per cent as a general tax rate for Botswana.

As a way of presenting opportunities to the business sector, Debswana’s senior finance manager, Mr Obakeng Moroka informed BOCCIM members that Debswana may accord preference margins to citizen owned companies which gives them a price aantage over foreign owned ones.

Mr Moroka also informed the business community of the traits of a model Debswana supplier citing reliability of quality supply at competitive prices and involvement in corporate social responsibility activities amongst such.

At the same event, OLDM general manager Mr Adrian Gale presenting on Orapa Today, Boteti Tomorrow said that Oarapa is aspiring to be an open town with many more years of mining.

He said that they intend to adopt Letlhakane Senior School and establish technical university of Orapa Institute of Technology from the current training facility developed into a centre of excellence and innovation that will showcase local talent and artisan skills.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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