United States of America, National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) has expressed willingness to engage Botswana business community with their business owners to increase Botswana’s business strength and influence globally.
Speaking during a business seminar hosted by the Botswana Chamber of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM), NBCC President Harry Alford said, “Our mission is to expand and deliver our service in African Diaspora, which Botswana is part of to ensure economic growth.”
“NBCC is truly on the leading edge of partnering and engaging black communities on the need to participate vigorously in capitalistic society and we expect to find fertile ground in Botswana,” he said.
As a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organisation, NBCC is dedicated to the economic empowerment of African American communities and people throughout the world with African lineage.
According to Alford “the world economy is in the tank and African communities are suffering”.
“We must seize the time and use it wisely through partnerships so that they may better serve our communities and improve the economic status, through business growth and jobs,” he said. “The future looks bright in the economy of Botswana and this partnership will bring positive results to our lives. Botswana’s population is very small and it is manageable and controllable.”
The delegation, which consisted of 15 people, showed interests in having contracts for business in power plants, road, energy, Information technology.
“We are eager to engage you and make a difference in Botswana,” said Alford.
On his part, the BOCCIM President Alex Monchusi said, “We believe the partnership will bring a strong dynamic private sector which is crucial for long term sustainability and economic growth.”
He said over dependence on government and depleting mineral resources have to be subdued and diversification driven into full force. Monchusi told the Americans of Botswana’s prime location at the heart of the SADC region. Additionally he said because of its low crime rate, Botswana was one of the safest countries to do business in on the African continent.
“We are the least corrupt economy in Africa and our economy has continued to register positive growth,” he said. “I can confidently assure you that you will not regret starting up businesses here.”
NBCC President stated that he was impressed with the easy accessibility of people of authority such as ministers and heads of parastatals.
Alford commended, Tebelelo Seretse, Botswana ambassador to the USA, for the invitation of the chamber to Botswana as well BOCCIM.
He stated that business can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere. He urged the business officials and authorities to manage the global and local challenges they are faced with.