Rand Merchant Bank Botswana (RMB) said it will utilize the upcoming 2014 Botswana Resource Sector Conference to provide a platform for Botswana’s resource companies to enquire about and explore investment opportunities from participating global institutions. RMB Botswana, a division of FNB Botswana Limited and First Rand Bank Limited, has partnered with Capital Resources to sponsor and participate at the 2014 Botswana Resource Sector Conference, pencilled for June 10th-11th.
As a leading African corporate and investment bank and part of one of the largest financial services in Africa, RMB said it will offer innovative advisory, capital markets, financing and principal investing solutions during the two day conference in Gaborone. Led by Pauline Motswagae as Head of RMB Botswana, the bank highlighted that it has an extensive pool of investment banking talent with a resource focus ranging from developing power projects, funding mining houses and advising on currency and commodities transactions on the African continent.
“We believe our knowledge of local financing requirements, legal and jurisdictional frameworks, together with the expertise and balance sheet of FirstRand Bank, enable us to service the needs of Botswana’s resource sector,” said Motswagae.
She stated that attendees at this year’s conference can look forward to a number of key industry leaders speaking at the event. Amongst the speakers will be William McFerren, an experienced mining engineer who has been working at RMB since 2005. Motswagae pointed out that McFerren will speak about RMB’s experience in funding coal and diamond projects. She said that McFerren previously worked in the coal and explosives industries and has been involved in numerous complex project financing transactions in Africa including gold in Liberia, copper in the DRC, uranium in Namibia and coal in Botswana and South Africa.
She also pointed out that RMB Botswana is an African corporate and investment bank built on traditional values and innovative ideas, a philosophy that the investment giant has nurtured and grown since its beginnings.
“RMBB’s vision and primary business objective is to create sustainable value, unique solutions and superior economic returns for its clients and shareholders in Africa and beyond,” said Motswagae.
RMB has also participated in funding different sectors across the economy, including financial institutions, mining and resources. It has also rolled out some risk management structures to some of their clientele and is working on some corporate advisory activities.
“At RMB Botswana we work with experts from varied backgrounds who all make up our fundamental talent base. We nurture and celebrate inspired thinkers. We believe that by liberating people, we liberate ideas to the benefit of our business and our clients,” said Motswagae.
RMB is said to be able to confidently create and develop intelligent solutions that give its corporate clients greater flexibility, choice and control over their transactional banking activities.