The Francistown Business Community has expressed its gratitude to the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) for its efforts to help local businesses grow their capacity and foreign market share.
The business persons spoke after a visit by BITC Chief Executive Officer, Meshack Tshekedi where he toured the organisation’s assisted businesses.
Tshekedi and his team visited textile manufacturers, Francistown Knitters and Nortex as well as Universal Lubricants and F&G Botswana.
“As a Francistown based businesses we are pleased with the progress made by BITC. In the past nearly all things were done in Gaborone. I think things are changing for the better and we will all benefit. This is the second time BITC officials have interacted with us in a very short time. The last time they were here was in August. The more we interact with them the better” said Boi Mathambo of Francistown Knitters.
Mathambo said BITC was doing its best to help local businesses get markets abroad and it is up to businesses to take advantage of the initiative.
“I think BITC is doing enough and it is up to us as business people to take advantage of their facilitation and explore markets in other parts of Africa and the rest of the world. BITC can help businesses get to trade fairs and other business forums around the globe and this can only do us good, ” said Mathambo who recently attended a Trade Fair in Cape Town with the help of BITC.
Line Feed Managing Director, Reuben Seoke said BITC’s facilitation was good for business growth.
“It will allow us to build and increase export base. They should however do more to improve skills exchange by linking local businesses with foreign investors who are prepared to share their skills,” said Seoke.