Botswana is readying herself for the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) conference as the country’s desire to host major events seems to be gaining momentum.
With more than a thousand delegates expected to jet into Gaborone for the IWG conference, which is billed for May this year, optimism is growing that the event will showcase the country’s readiness to host major sporting events.
Already, the IWG secretariat has expressed positivity that the preparations are on the right track and the country will host a successful event.
“Preparations for the conference are at an advanced stage. program has been shared online and final program with speakers for the conference is now at its final stages and should be shared with the public as soon as all confirmations are in,” IWG Marketing and Public Relations Manager Boitumelo Kenosi said.
She narrated that despite the fact that they are optimistic that everything will be in place by the time the conference start, they are facing some challenges.
“We have challenges, mainly to do with resourcing are still in talks with different stakeholders and parties that have shown interest in supporting the conference,” she said
While the local organizers are aiming to have at least 300 Batswana participate in the conference, Kenosi lamented the response from Batswana to participate in the event has not been satisfactory.
“We have received low response from Batswana in terms of abstract submission but we are hopeful that Batswana will take part in other areas,” Kenosi explained.
The IWG conference is targeting women participation across the world according to Kenosi. “We are looking at around 1200 participants to take part in the conference. We have received an overwhelming response from mostly European countries and Africa. Registration for the conference will stay open until early May,” the IWG Marketing and PR Manager explained.
Kenosi explained that the conference will discuss a wide range of issues. “We have diverse program that aims to address issues that affect women is sport globally but more so closer to home. A lot of the issues that we will tackle over the 4 days will help map the way for women in sport with the aim of encouraging more women to take part in sport,” she said when explaining the objectives of the conference.
On the budget she said “Our budget for the conference is around 14 million. We have spread our net wide and are engaging the Government, Parastatals and the Business Community to support the conference. Feedback has been positive from the different stakeholders and we will provide information on how much we have raised once the deals are closed” Kenosi.
Registration is on going with our early bird extended to the end of January 2018.the four day conference is expected to start on May 17th ÔÇô 20th.