On 31 October 2017, Quantum Global Group’s Head of Research, Prof. Mthuli Ncube spoke at a plenary session at the Global Expo Investment Conference in Gaborone, Botswana.
The event featured a key note address from the Vice President of the Republic of Botswana, Hon. Mr. Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, Minister of Botswana Trade and Industry, Hon. Vincent T. Seretse, Chief Executive of Botswana investment and Trade Centre (BITC), Mr. Meshach Zshekedi, Hon. Joshua Setipa, former Minister of Trade and Industry, Lesotho as well as CEO level commercial practitioners from some of Africa’s leading trade and investment firms.
Endorsed by the Government of Botswana through the Ministry of Trade, Investment and Industry, the Global Expo event provides decision makers and investors a platform to discuss how best to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Botswana, provides exhibitors an opportunity to promote their business to stimulate inter-regional business exchange and promote exports of locally produced goods.
Speaking at the event Prof. Ncube commented: “Governments need to take deliberate actions in resourcing and equipping the vocational & technical institutions, you cannot continue investing money in academic institutions that produce graduates that are unskilled and not job ready.”
Botswana is listed in Quantum Global Group’s Africa Investment Index as Africa’s most attractive investment destination. According to the Index, Botswana scores highly based on a range of factors that include improved credit rating, current account ratio, import cover and ease of doing business. Botswana boasts political and economic stability which are unparalleled in the continent.
Prof. Ncube commented further by saying: “Together with neighbouring countries Botswana needs to look further into the issues of inter-border trade and advocate for one stop border as it actually reduces time and makes business easy.”