Botswana to setup a new private medical facility in Francistown

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Botswana’s Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Bogolo Kenewendo recently disclosed to Parliament that they are in discussions with several producers to set-up a modern private medical facility in Francistown, Botswana Guardian reported.

Kenewendo was answering a question from MP for Francistown South, Wynter Mmolotsi who had asked what her ministry was doing to attract investment to Francistown considering the current unemployment situation which resulted from closure of mines.

“We are currently in discussions with several producers and a private hospital to set up operations in Francistown,” said Kenewendo.

“The discussions include looking for a 20, 000 sqm space for a certain producer, whom she did not name. Francistown has also been declared one of the seven Special Economic Zones (SEZs) that will be master-planned for by the end of 2019. While there is currently no consideration for establishing Francistown Economic Diversification Unit (FEDU), Kenewendo confirmed that BITC office will open in Francistown, particularly to deliver the one-stop business service centre, so that it can facilitate all the investors that come through Francistown.”

She added that the office will be responsible for promoting business development and encouraging investment in the northern part of Botswana.

“It will service both domestic and foreign investors in Francistown and surrounding areas, as well as adjacent regional blocs such as Selebi Phikwe Economic Diversification Unit (SPEDU), Orapa, Letlhakane, Pandamatenga, and Kasane regions to name a few.”

Various business development initiatives have been undertaken in Francistown which include investors’ seminars such as African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) awareness, United Nations (UN) Procurement and Exporter Round Tables. Other exercises were held in partnership with other parastatals such as CEDA and LEA as part of the ministry’s Investment and Trade Outreach Programme for 2018/2019.

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