The Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA), the organizer of a four-day international exhibition, Global Expo Botswana, said last week that this year’s show has drawn a lot of interest from both local and international participants.
Speaking at a media briefing, BEDIA’s Chief Executive Officer, Brian Mosenene, said that 164 exhibitors had registered for this year’s show, representing an increase of 75 percent against last year.
“This number will be representing 75 percent achievement of set target for exhibitors. The set target for this year exhibitors is 200 and 164 brings us close to this target number,” he said.
Countries which will be exhibiting include India, China, Ethiopia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Republic of South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland.
The exhibition runs from October 17 to 20 at the Boipuso Hall in Gaborone and will be divided into agriculture and industrial components.
He said from October 17 to 19, there will be buyer-seller meetings which will be held in the afternoons.
On October 18, there would be an investment forum aiming at highlighting investment opportunities, networking platform for those exhibitors which will be interested in joint ventures.
Further, on October 19, there will be workshops on procumbent and market access which will be chaired by Debswana’s supply chain management and PPADB.
Mosenene urged buyers, traders, importers, exporters, distributors, farmers and business people to come and visit the exhibition, and urged those who have not registered to register online at www.globalexpo.co.bw, in an advance.
Speaking on behalf of the agriculture sector, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Technical Services in the Ministry of Agriculture, Micus Chimbombi, emphasized that preparations were at an advanced stage. He said the judging of livestock will be held on the 13th and 14th.
The auction sale of livestock will be on the 20th, and this is going to depend on the availability of animals for sale and buyers.
“We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Debswana for the support we got from them. They have really boosted our participation,” he said, adding that they were going to have Debswana prizes that include the Reserve Grand Champion of the yard, which will get P7000 plus a trophy, and a Grand Champion of the yard, getting P12 500 and a trophy.
Regarding crop exhibition, he said there was a major improvement and they were expecting more exhibitors.
“Last year, we experienced unfavourable weather conditions; it was very hot. This year is different; we expect great participation because of favourable weather conditions.”