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Mpho Masupe appointed the Stanchart CEO

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The Board of Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Limited (SCBB) last week appointed Mpho Masupe as the new Chief Executive Officer of Botswana effective from 1 October 2017. Masupe was the Acting Chief Executive Officer since April 2017 after the departure of former CEO Moatlhodi Lekaukau. He has been serving as Chief Financial Officer of the bank, a position he has held since March 2013.

Masupe has a wealth of knowledge and experience gained over a career spanning more than 25 years in finance and corporate strategy. Prior to joining the Bank in 2013, he worked for several key companies in Botswana like Shell Oil Botswana, Morupule Colliery and Debswana Diamond Company. He holds a MSc in Strategic Management from the University of Derby, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Botswana, Executive Development Programme from the University of Pretoria and a Project Management certification. Commenting on the appointment, Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Board Chairman, Professor Bojosi Otlhogile said, “the Board is pleased to be confirming Mr Masupe as Chief Executive Officer.

We are confident that his leadership of this business in Botswana will be to the benefit of the organisation and indeed continue to build on Standard Chartered Bank’s strong relationship with Botswana”. For his part, Masupe said, “being given the opportunity to lead Botswana’s first and longest serving bank is a great privilege, Standard Chartered Bank’s journey with Botswana has been one of close partnership, I look forward to further strengthening our partnership, ensuring the business is growing sustainably and delivering on our commitments to all our stakeholders”.

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SMEs benefit from Consumer Fair growth

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The Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) has applauded Botswana Consumer Fair’s continued efforts to improve small to medium enterprises’ linkages.

BITC Chief Executive Officer, Keletsositse Olebile, when opening the fair, said the event has provided interactive forum for both local and foreign exhibitors. He said the shopping show has enabled manufacturers, wholesalers and traders to market their products directly to consumers, an alignment to government’s endeavors.

“As part of government intention, we continually encourage local sourcing by retailers and distributors,” said Olebile who is just few months into his new post. He further celebrated the growth of Botswana Consumer Fair over the years, attributing the expansion to quality of goods displayed at the previous shows.“Improved quality and increased variety of wares increases the interest of the visitors and makes them look forward to returning the following year,” said Olebile.

This year’s exhibitors at the 13th event still running under the banner: ‘It is more than just shopping’ have been drawn from Lesotho, Zambia, Swaziland, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Japan, India, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Consumer Fair is a flagship event for Fairgrounds Holdings and provides a platform for small medium enterprises (SMEs) from the different sectors of the economy to showcase and promote their products and services. In addition, the SMEs are expected to establish long term business linkages and promote local manufactured goods.Fairgrounds Holdings is already optimistic that the Fair immensely contribute to the socio-economic development of the country through supporting SMEs.

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‘Involve SMMEs in standards development’-Minister

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Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Bogolo Kenewendo appealed to Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) to include the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) when developing the standards to improve the sector.

She said the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry has identified three areas of focus going forward which are modeled on SMME development, investment promotion and export development apexes. “I would like to implore you to include this sector in standards development processes and assist in improving SMMEs conformity to standards and compliance to technical regulations,” said Kenewendo.

Speaking during the BOBS Technical Committee Members appreciation ceremony on Thursday, Kenewendo explained that the important roles of standards are underpinned by the aspirations and intentions espoused in both diversified export led economic growth and job creation as priority areas. “It goes without saying that the diversification of the economy requires a National Quality Infrastructure and Technical Regulatory Framework that promote competitiveness of Botswana goods and services.”

She also emphasized that an effective National Quality Infrastructure and Technical Regulatory Framework are essential as they provide crucial links to global trade, market access and export competitiveness through their contribution to consumer confidence in product safety, quality and the environment.Since inception in 1997 BOBS has published more than 1700 standards through 48 technical committees across several sectors of the economy; 109 certification licences have been issued against some of these standards. Currently 46 Botswana Standards are being implemented through the standards regulations with a view to protecting the health and safety of consumers as well as protection of the environment.

On her note, BOBS Vice Chairperson of the Standards Council, Professor Edward Dintwa said standards are powerful tools for helping organisations that implement them to realize their potential, have access and compete in the global marketplace. “In this highly competitive and complex world, issues of sustainability and productivity, viewed from economic, environmental and societal perspectives require that businesses must be more efficient in their operations, which can be achieved through the implementation of standards”.

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