BOCCIM in collaboration with the government of Botswana will be hosting the 12th National Business Conference (NBC) in October this year. The multi dimensional conference will be held at the Adonsonia Hotel in Francistown, Botswana.
The forum will run under the banner “Interrogating Implementation: Why is it a challenge?” This theme seeks to look in depth into the challenges that are faced by the country in the implementation of various policies set up to grow the economy.
Over the years, Botswana has been commended for having an exemplary policy framework. However, each year in its budget speech the government has always cited challenges implementation capacity while the private sector itself in a large number of projects, delivers late and government ends up incurring cost overruns.
Although much of the blame with regard to implementation lies with government, some of the responsibility lies with the private sector, and its upon the two economic sectors to start realizing that the responsibility for implementing remedial actions to improve implementation has to be shared between government and the private sector.
Therefore the National Business Conference will create a platform of dialogue due to a concern of the ability to expedite implementation. Possible reasons vary from not having efficient evaluation methods in place, limited resources, bureaucracy and lack of ownership of policies from key relevant and priority stakeholders, to a multitude of possible factors.
According the to the BOCCIM press release, in the past a number of resolutions derived from the NBC have elevated the economy and have had a significant impact on its progression. Further more one significant accomplishment that took place in April 2012 as a result of the NBC in 2010 was the implementation of a point based system which was one of the resolutions to revive the immigration system to facilitate a business friendly, transparent and objective criterion for work permits.
This year the conference is expected to attract 400 participants from the public, private and civil society sectors. It is an anticipated conference for visionaries, business leaders and prominent, influential public figures which will bring together innovative minds, ingenuity and focus.
The biennial conference will be highlighted by the presence of the President of Ghana Mr. John Agyekum Kufour who will be the keynote speaker. He will share useful experiences and challenges that he faced in pursuit of Ghana’s socio-economic transformation.
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