Outgoing Botswana Business president, Lekwalo Mosienyane is leaving the organisation a happy man as his tenure comes to an end next month.
Giving his farewell remarks during the 23rd Botswana Business Northern Trade Fair in Francistown last week he said although there were challenges that he faced during his tenure, a lot has been achieved and he looks back with pride.
He further said Business Botswana has proved to be an outstanding organisation in its 46 years of existence as it contributed significantly to supporting and promoting the development of the private sector in the country.
“In December 2013 when I assumed my position, Business Botswana became the implementing agency for the Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP).
Since its implementation the programme has achieved many milestones including boosting the competitiveness of the SMMEs and restructuring of Business Botswana into an Apex Body. The apex exercise entails building our capacity to meet the emerging challenges,” he said.
Furthermore, he said during his tenure, new services were launched with the aim to help enterprises meet the challenges presented by today’s competitive business environment.
Mosienyane said that some of these include; The Chamber Trust Seal, PROWESS Training and the Private Business Growth Awards in partnership with Grant Thornton. He explained that the Chamber Trust Seal is a world Chamber Federation initiative that provides a traceable and local presence for a company through verification by a relevant local, regional and national Chamber of Commerce.
Mosienyane emphasised that the Business Botswana Northern Trade Fair is very important as it presents an opportunity to enhance brand and product visibility, promote new and existing products, generates leads and drive sales. He said that the contribution of business, large or small is recognised in economies the world over irrespective of the level of development achieved in each country.
“The success of businesses, large or small is critical in a developing economy like ours as an alternative engine of economic growth. Their contribution towards economic growth, job creation and social development is highly valued; hence the continued quest for performance improvement of business by both the private and public sector,” Mosienyane said.
He showered accolades on government and the private sector for their cordial working relationship. He also thanked his team at Business Botswana for their continued support and guidance in tackling issues relevant to their mission statement which is all about forging partnerships with stakeholders, retaining and attracting members.
Mosienyane assumed the reins of Business Botswana in 2013. He is an architect, urban designer and Arbitrator by profession who has 28 years’ experience. He also owns a number of businesses locally and abroad. He has also served on both local and international boards including university councils, professional institutes as well as Professional Registration Council, gaming regulatory bodies and syndicate investment boards.