Signature of a MoU between FBBC and Business Botswana

First step towards the deepening of trade relations between France and Botswana

On Wednesday the 10th of June, France-Botswana Business Club (FBBC) and Business Botswana signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bring the two business associations closer together with the aim of improving Botswana’s business environment in order to make the private sector thrive and create jobs.

In addition to H.E Ambassador of France to Botswana Mrs Laurence Beau, who witnessed the signing of the agreement, were present Patrick Benon, CEO of Orange Botswana and Chairman of FBBC; Norman Moleele, CEO of Business Botswana; Gobusamang Keebine, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Business Botswana; Madhu Menon, Director of Mazars Botswana and FBBC member and Charles Siwawa, Chairman of the Chamber of Mines.

As a reminder, FBBC is an association created in 2014 with the aim of linking French and Botswana companies in Botswana and thus facilitate the business climate at the local level. FBBC is currently composed of twenty members and continues to grow. Business Botswana is a key interlocutor in Botswana in the defence and promotion of the private sector. The organisation, which has more than 2,000 companies as members, acts as a chamber of commerce as well as an employers’ organisation and is related to the same types of organisations at the international level.

FBBC and BB considered the signing of the MoU as a cornerstone to the objective of improving the business climate in Botswana, which is in line with their objectives of business advocacy, networking and private sector promotion.

The CEO of Business Botswana emphasized the growing importance of the private sector in Botswana and the role it has to play in the recovery of the post-Covid 19 economy. He stressed the need to develop international partnerships, take the lead in diversifying the economy and adapt business strategies to the changes brought about by the pandemic, including advocating for the digitalization of the economy.

Stakeholders stressed the importance of partnerships in creating local and international opportunities for member companies and in providing access to the expertise of French companies in post-Covid 19 business management.

Last updated on: 11 June 2020