Batswana investors who were taken to┬áSouth Sudan to explore opportunities for possible investment will have to wait until the violence that erupted in that country dies down. ┬á
The government through the Ministry of Trade and Industry and BITC had invited private enterprises to explore business opportunities before a misunderstanding between South Sudan’s former vice president and president erupted.
Foreign Affairs┬áand International Corporations Director of Public Research and Information, Mmualefhe Diadi,┬ástated that currently they would not be in a position to advise those with interest to go back.
He said that those who were invited by Ministry of Trade and Industry and BITC only went to explore possible opportunities last year in South Sudan.
┬á“They never set up┬áany business. It was an opportunity that was extended to them but all of them came back. But for now we are not in a position to advise anyone to go back,” said Diadi.
He said that the government would continue to monitor the situation but stated that currently there are pockets of misunderstanding in that country.
He advised individuals who┬áintend to go back to monitor the situation before they could return┬áto set up business in that country.
Diadi said that currently there are no Batswana who were taken to that country by government.
He said that currently Batswana who are in South Sudan are those who are working for United Nations.
“Initially they were recalled when their lives were deemed to be in danger. The UN has since invited them to resume their work after it was convinced that they were safe,” added Diadi.
Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) CEO Machailo Ellis was not in a position to respond to the enquiry, indicating that she had a busy schedule.
Last year violence erupted after South Sudan’s former vice president, Riek Macha,r was alleged to be┬áhave been involvement in an alleged coup attempt to topple president Salva Kiir.