Reception in honour of the 11 winners of the 1,000 Challenge

H.E Ambassador Laurence Beau hosted a reception at her residence on Monday 24, August, in honour of the 11 local entrepreneurs who have been selected for the 1,000 Challenge of the 28th Africa-France Summit.

In her speech, Ambassador Beau congratulated each and every one of the 11 winners of the 1,000 Entrepreneur Challenge, a competition that was part of the Africa France Summit. She assurered them of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ support for their project.

The Challenge was one of the highlights of the Africa-France Summit, a three-day event that should have taken place from the 4th to the 6th June, 2020 in Bordeaux, France. Unfortunately, many international events that France was supposed to host this year have had to be postponed until next year.

The Africa-France summit was dedicated to Sustainable Cities and the importance of the African private sector, notably by launching the summit with a dedicated trade fair called The City of Solutions. All facets of sustainable cities were to be addressed during this Summit.

Within this framework, the 1,000 Entrepreneurs Challenge was created as a joint initiative with Digital Africa, a French association established in 2018 at the behest of French President Emmanuel Macron to build a renewed partnership between Africa and France.

This challenge took the form of a call for proposals from African entrepreneurs, 1,000 of which were selected to showcase their solutions at the Summit’s trade fair, free of charge. The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has decided that the challenge would live on and that the winners would benefit from dedicated support through the worldwide network of French Embassies.

The French Embassy in Botswana is committed to doing its best to give the 11 local winners access to funding, counselling, training, mentoring and networking as well as exposure to allow their business to grow and their project to thrive. That is why we value our longstanding partnership with the France-Botswana Business Club, a business association comprising French and local companies, to help them in the development of their business.

Botswana can count on the commitment of France to contribute to its objective of economic diversification, as evidenced by the Embassy’s support for local entrepreneurs, the longstanding presence of French companies gathered under the FBBC umbrella, or through the involvement of French financial aid agencies like AFD and Proparco which finalized a loan agreement with local banks BDC and ABC Bank this year.

Last updated on: 26 August 2020