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Tsena.bw: Taking digital communication to another level

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While storytelling is not the only way to engage people with ideas, it’s certainly a critical part of the recipe. A notion that we all grew up with as children from different parts of Botswana and these stories will go a long way as long as we keep telling and sharing them with the world. From our achievements during the Netball World youth Cup, where we have seen all Batswana, blue, black and white coming together as one to support Dinaletsana, from the impacts of the students who died during the Matsha ordeal, to the celebrations of cities and towns that have lived for over 120 years – to sharing our historic heritage as a people, our country’s stories will always remain best told by our people to the outside world.

Tsena Botswana online through the revolution of technology has embraced the opportunity to pave way for reconnecting our people to their culture and heritage, patriotism; aspects of our lives that were feared to have been dying out with the coming of urbanisation. With more people celebrating where they come from, with hopes that this will light a path to where they are going, Tsena has taken the alley ascertain that Botswana’s stories make a part of the global community through an online platform, a view that former American Human Rights activist and Minister, Malcom X supports with his famous quote that, “Armed with the knowledge of our past, we can, with confidence, charter a course for our future.”

A highlight that it is undeniable is that the future belongs to those who embrace technology and all its innovations. The world has gone digital.Botswana has come a long way since independence and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. There is a lot that we, as Batswana can be proud to celebrate and share with the rest of the world. Through Tsena, a melting pot of all things Botswana.

A vibrant and innovative medium; relies on local content contributors that focus on community interests, providing limitless opportunities to Batswana as a country’s stories best told by its people. Users are able to keep up with local content as it happens, seek employment under the Jobs section, plan for upcoming events and where to grab a bite to eat, whatever your palate desires.

Other features of the portal include the Business Directory and Property pages that allow users to explore what is on offer in different parts of the country, among others. For a Motswana in the diaspora, this is a remedy for being “home sick” as they are able to keep up with what is happening back home. The rest of the world now has a consolidated information hub where they can go to have a better appreciation of our country and its people. In existence for just over a year now, Tsena.bw is envisioned to morph into a voice of social digital engagement and interaction. Tsena aspires to grow into a premier source of information and interface of community interaction

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Matambo calls on financial sector to pick GDP

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Finance Minister, kenneth Matambo

Finance Minister Kenneth Matambo has announced that government is committed to support financial service sector to prop up the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Currently contributing over 13 percent to GDP, Matambo said the sector has potential to increase its share. “Hence government’s interest in the sector,” said Matambo addressing delegates at the inaugural Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL), Global Financial Summit.

The country has built a strong, resilient and fast growing financial sector underpinned by a robust regulatory framework. The finance minister who is expected to step down next year, noted that government’s commitment to the financial service sector has this year been buttressed by a number of laws passed in July relating to money laundering activities.

In addition, Matambo said the continued investment in the development of information, communication and technologies (ICTs) backbone infrastructure is also to support local banks’ rising appetite for online services.

The Minister said the country remains committed to maintaining micro-economic stability to spur private sector participation in the economy. “Our vision is to become a high income country by 2036,” said Matambo, challenging the private sector to step forward and help government to develop the country, bemoaning the low levels of financial inclusion and shallow domestic capital markets.

He said the private sector should come up with more initiatives to develop further the local capital markets. The Minister’s sentiments were also shared by Martin Davies, Managing Director for Emerging Markets and Africa at Deloitte who has challenged the country to start dealing with its low manufacturing value add.

“How do we start to diversify beyond the single commodity economy,” quizzed Davies, adding that manufacturing increase is vital for low inequality across the country.

“Inequality results in bad public policy, as the state starts to believe and think they have to intervene more,” said Davies, highlighting that the country needs to move away from the absolute concept of state drive growth. Meanwhile, minister Matambo has applauded the private sector for leading economic dialogue in the country through events such as the BIHL Global Finance Summit.

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First Lady advises women entrepreneurs

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First lady, Neo Masisi

First Lady, Neo Masisi has urged women entrepreneurs to bring change in the economic development of the country and the rest of Africa.

Speaking during the Lioness Lean in Africa breakfast on Friday, Masisi said women entrepreneurs are remarkable engines of economic growth and job creation. “I believe women entrepreneurs hold incredible potential and credentials on the continent because Africa has the highest percentage of women entrepreneurs in the world.

It is projected that millions of much needed jobs will be created over the next decade and these will be created predominantly through small businesses which are mostly run by women,” said Masisi.She highlighted that women entrepreneurs are also the most powerful engine for equitably distributing growth and they are also solutions for addressing inequality on the continent.

“It is a proven fact that for many generations, women understand the simple concept of barter and commerce. These are the role models of our past and our present and they will continue to inspire new generations to do more for business to grow,” she said.

The Lioness Lean In Breakfast Series brings together inspirational and successful women entrepreneurs to share, inspire and connect with the next generation of great women-led start-ups.

The platform is based on a breakfast networking and speaker presentation format, which has been organized in locations across the African continent for the past year by Lionesses of Africa, empowering over one million women entrepreneurs across the continent.

Stanbic Bank Botswana Head of Personal Markets, Omphemetse Dube said they are pleased to bring the Lionesses of Africa Lean In platform to Botswana once again to bring together women entrepreneurs in the country and help to nurture their growth further.

“Botswana is blessed with a number of thriving female entrepreneurs, and the potential for the next generation of talent is strong. Platforms such as this are therefore paramount in growing the cause and we as a bank are proud to help champion that movement further,” said Dube.

Founder and CEO of Lionesses of Africa,Melanie Hawken noted that Gaborone is a growing and exciting centre for women’s entrepreneurship in Africa. “This is a must-attend event for women entrepreneurs in the country as it gives them the opportunity to hear the inspiring entrepreneurial stories of women who are building great businesses here,” she said.

The annual Lionesses of Africa event allows entrepreneurs to benefit from the insights and advice of women entrepreneurs who have seen and experienced it all and to also provide an excellent opportunity for networking.

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