Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) intends to use opportunities granted by the visit of the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta as a building block to establishing Botswana as a potential leading destination to direct investment from Kenya.
Kenyan Head of State President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived in Botswana on Monday. It is expected that his visit will enable the two countries to actively pursue trade and economic activities with a particular focus on manufacturing, mining and tourism. BITC in collaboration with Kenya High Commission to Botswana and Business Botswana are expected to forge relationships from the business meetings and seminars scheduled for the duration of the visit. The meetings are targeted at the business communities from the respective countries.
“The seminars will facilitate opportunities for investment and trade in both countries through presentations and panel discussions,” noted BITC Corporate Communications Director Kutlo Moagi, adding specifically that “BITC aims to identify trade and investment opportunities for the Kenyan private sector as well as in Botswana and also to provide a platform for both countries companies to present their capabilities and cultivate possible partnerships with their Botswana Counterparts.”
The visit by Kenyatta is viewed as a commitment by the two Presidents to work closely together to deepen the scope of bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of the people of Botswana and Kenya. Botswana and Kenya are said to have established diplomatic relations in 1966 and that the cooperation between the two countries has continued to grow in various fields such as trade, agriculture, transport, education, defence, environment and natural resources, tourism, culture and human resource development. “The visit is a culmination of the excellent relations that subsist between Botswana and Kenya,” read a statement regarding the visit.