The Chief Executive Officer of Shell Botswana, Willie Mokgatle, will officially launch the upcoming Northern Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) Youth Expo, which will be held on the 29th to the 31st of March this year in Francistown.
The Marketing Officer of BOCCIM in Francistown, Vincent Nsiiwa, told The Telegraph on Monday that they decided to invite Mokgatle because he is a youth and an experienced expert in the field of entrepreneurship.
“We feel that Mokgatle is an experienced young person who can help instil entrepreneurial knowledge into the young entrepreneurs,” said Nsiiwa. “Our theme this year is Private and Public Sector Partnership to Strengthen Youth Entrepreneurs.”
He added that the theme serves to send a message to the private sector to actively partner with the public sector to help groom and support the upcoming young entrepreneurs. He added that several dignitaries from the government enclave will also attend the event.
┬á“This year we are expecting to have a well attended youth expo as many youths are already showing keen interest and are registering at our office,” he said.
Nsiiwa urged the young entrepreneurs to attend the expo as they will be able to network, share information and learn business skills as BOCCIM has also organized a forum where they will be taught on business marketing skills. He also said that the youth will benefit a lot from the interaction with some of the institutions, such as the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS), Local Enterprise Authority, and different banks which will also exhibit their products.
“The youth could benefit a lot from interacting with these institutions as they will get first hand information on products which could help them in their entrepreneurship interests,” he said.
Nsiiwa pointed out that unlike last year, this year’s youth expo will also have colourful events, such as beauty pageants and a workshop for the exhibitors to be held at Thapama Hotel.