Tuesday, April 23, 2024

MICE Sector: Key to Francistown’s economic rebirth?

Francistown, once a vibrant center of economic activity, now stands at a crossroads, grappling with the shadows of its former glory. The echoes of its historic gold mining past fade into a bleak reality of high unemployment, poverty, and crime, particularly among the youth. With some businesses already deserting its streets for more promising horizons, the city finds itself facing numerous challenges, both economic and infrastructural.

However, amidst these trials, hope flickers in the form of revitalization efforts led by the city council. With a population exceeding 140,000, Francistown possesses untapped potential, waiting to be unleashed. The city’s declaration as a Special Economic Zone for logistics and mining in 2013 hinted at a path toward resurgence, yet progress has been slow.

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