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Emotional intelligence key to financial health

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Experts say money and emotions are inter-connected therefore it is important to master the skill of bringing a balance between the two. Calvin Investment Founder and Financial Expert, Calvin Phokontsi says that if one can control their emotions, they can control their money. “Fail to control your emotions, fail to control your money. Mind your emotions, mind your money,” he says. The financial expert who runs a financial advisory firm says generally three percent of an individual’s life comprises of academics, 90 percent – emotions and seven percent natural or motivational influences.

He advises everyone to have a healthy Financial Intelligence Quotient or financial IQ, which is the ability to obtain and manage one’s wealth by understanding how money works. Phokontsi strongly believes that for one to manage and build wealth and a healthy financial lifestyle, it all begins with behavioural change. It is also critical to develop one’s personality before one thinks of investing or saving money because one’s thoughts affect action, action affects habits and habits affect character, which ultimately affects personality and the behaviour of a person.

In his experience as a financial advisor, Phokontsi has realised that many people desire to save money, for example, but only fail because they have not developed discipline and self-control. “All successful people have personal guiding principles,” he said in an interview. Phokontsi says money is only a tool that one can use for wealth creation. “Money is like a mirror; it reflects who you truly are. If you can learn how to handle it, you are halfway through to success,” he said. He has also realised that money and success don’t change people, but merely amplify what already existed. Phokontsi says it is better to start early to develop a healthy relationship with money in order to build wealth in the future.

He advises that during the ages of 21 to 55, people need to be focused on working and building a career, building a home, investments and businesses so that when they reach retirement age, they can enjoy the fruits of their labour and investments.

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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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