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Vivo Energy Botswana is undertaking an expansion plan to offer more service and value at its service stations to meet customer needs through its new ‘Welcome’ convenience stores. The Welcome brand conveys a sense of hospitality, optimism and dynamism to meet the needs of customers. Launching the brand at Shell Marang Filling station in Francistown last week, Vivo Energy Supply and Distribution Manager, Oscar Isaacs said ‘Welcome’ offers convenience, variety and optimum satisfaction to customers, as it will have a shopping area and an eatery.

“Welcome is our very own warm modern convenience retail shop brand aimed to offer convenience, variety and optimum satisfaction to our customers. The opening of ‘Welcome’ convenience stores is a testimony to the real convenience that we want to bring to our customers,” said Isaacs. He said their objective is to bring the Shell brand closer to the people of Botswana by responding to the ever changing customer needs through providing them with high quality fuels, lubricants, shops, and other convenience retail products like quick service restaurants. Part of this objective also involves bringing new and exciting shop formats in the convenience retail space that provide customers with options and provide them with more offerings and more experiences.” Isaacs also highlighted that through the ‘Welcome’ shops, they aim to have the highest quality convenience offer in the Oil Marketing industry; through providing a superior customer service, right product range, refreshing ambiance and a high sense of professionalism.

He said the ‘Welcome’ brand shops would be rolled out to various Shell service stations across the country. Francistown City Mayor, Sylvia Muzila has applauded Vivo Energy Botswana for the new development pointing out that it brings benefits to the community as well as valuable employment opportunities to the youth in the area. “This is a very much welcome development due to job opportunities that will be availed to the youth of Francistown and surrounding areas. Developments such as this one contribute to boost the economy of the City of Francistown and in turn the country’s economy,” Muzila said.

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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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