Global Expo Botswana (GEB) was conceptualised to help the country meet its objectives of attracting both domestic and foreign direct investment.
Officially opening the 10th edition of the expo, Acting President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi said in 2006 when the GEB was set up, the then BEDIA was mandated with organising the event as a major trade and investment platform that offered exhibitors a chance to do business in one of Africa’s most consistent democracies and fastest growing economy in the heart of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
He said the theme for this year’s expo: Promoting economic diversification through export oriented foreign direct investment and domestic expansion, was appropriate to the government’s promotion of both domestic and foreign business enterprise.
He said the country was currently promoting economic diversification through investment promotion and attraction as well as the export of locally manufactured goods to regional and international markets.
“We want to be a creating economy and not just be relegated to being consumers and we need your help as investors, we need your help as entrepreneurs to help us achieve our plans and make sure that our plans are executed meticulously, efficiently and cautiously,” said the Acting President.
“Let us go together on this journey with honest exchange of ideas and intentions and let us get to business and our business as government is to get out of the way to let you work and use us to move forward, use us to unlock unnecessary bureaucratic red tapes,” he said.
He noted that the Global Expo has grown and that in 2013 it was enhanced by the introduction of a two-day international business and trade conference.
Mr Masisi further said the expo provides an unmatched opportunity for local businesses to forge partnerships from all over the world.
“You can only achieve this if you dedicate more time to servicing potential customers and avoiding delegating crucial tasks to less experienced personnel. Please take advantage of everything that is offered here and use it to grow and cultivate new business,” he said.