The North East District Council (NEDC) will for the first time host a Business Community Exhibition for local businesses in Masunga Village on the 6th of June this year.
The exhibition is geared at empowering the business community in the North East District by helping them network and also meet relevant stake-holders.
The exhibition will also give the private sector, parastatals and other government departments in the region a platform to showcase their products and services.
The Public Relations Officer of North East District Council (NEDC), Clement Sibanda, told the Sunday Standard in an interview last week that the NEDC found it imperative to host such an event to try and help empower businesses in the district, including young aspiring entrepreneurs.
“Unlike the recent BOCCIM trade fair which was hosted in Francistown, our exhibition is targeted at helping the business communities in the rural areas to get exposure, empower themselves with information as they will be meeting with relevant stake-holders,” he said.
Sibanda went on to say that the chairman of the North East District Council, City Kealotswe, has been invited to inaugurate the event. He further said that they have invited stake-holders such as the Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM), Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA), Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) and the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA).
“This will help the exhibitors to access useful information from organization like LEA, CEDA and BURS,” he added.
He further said that they are expecting to host at least 400 participants at the event and are planning to hold this event annually.
Touching on the theme of the exhibition, Empowering the business community to a better sustainable economy, Sibanda said that the theme is trying to imply that for the business community to sustain itself, to grow and contribute to the country’s economy, it needs to network with relevant stake-holders.