The Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower will host its 18th northern Trade Fair on the 24?27 May 2012 at Gerald Estate, Francistown, under the theme “Seizing the Opportunities of Economic Diversification Amidst a Recession”.
According to BOCCIM, the purpose of the fair is to give members a chance to explore new business prospects and market themselves.
“…it is also a great avenue to create business awareness, sales opportunities and provide a platform for business interaction, gathering market data, competition evaluation as well as networking,” the organization, which represents a number of employers in the country, said.
This year’s fair will be officially opened by the Group Manager Commercial at Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC), Anthony Oabona Masunga.
Masunga is responsible for giving strategic and operational direction to BTC’s business units.
He has been credited by stakeholders for successfully growing beMOBILE brand in a highly competitive and saturated environment.
Under his leadership, beMOBILE’s annual revenue grew by 605 percent and the company attained 10 percent market share in its first year’s operation.
Masunga has over 17 years of experience in the field of Telecommunications & Information Technology.
He was worked on various projects and his roles have ranged from business strategy development, project management, product development to technology innovation Masunga has also worked as a consultant in the SADC region covering Botswana, Tanzania, and Lesotho & South Africa.
He has also served in the Executive Council of the Botswana Information Technology Society (BITS). He was actively involved in the setting up of COBIT (Citizen Owned Businesses in Information Technology), a business forum for local IT companies.
He has been the Board Chairman of a local ICT company. The first BNTF was launched in 1994 and to date still remains to be the largest fair of this magnitude in the Northern region. Private sector, NGO’s and government departments will be participating at the fair. Over 110 exhibitors have registered.
This year saw an increase in demand and BOCCIM had to further expand the number of stalls. Business Sectors expected to attend are service providers, financial institutions, hotels, insurance, education and manufacturing.
There will be a prize giving dinner and a fashion show on the evening of the 25th, at Adonsonia hotel in Francistown at 1900 hours. Business are encouraged to participate and members of the public to attend.
BOCCIM is a non?profit business member organisation, established in 1971 and registered under the Trade Unions and Employers’ Organisations Act Of 1983.The organisation has a membership base ranging from small to medium and large businesses.