De Beers in Youth Innovators Botswana workshop
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
De Beers, known the world over for its business of diamonds, has partnered with the Botswana innovation Hub (BIH) and the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development to host a workshop targeted at the country’s innovation savvy youths for an inaugural workshop to hone their skills and share notes as well as network. The workshop is pencilled for Saturday the 19th of November at Maruapula School.
“’2016 not only marks the country’s 50th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule but also the culmination of the national development vision and guiding framework for national development programmes and policies, Vision 2016. In the midst of the national celebrations for the fine socio-economic and political achievements the country has made over the years, the occasion also presents an opportunity for introspection and reflection on the way forward. The country has much to celebrate but there is still much more to be done,’’ noted Tigele Mokobi from BHI, one of the organisers of the event.
Botswana’s economic success since independence has been driven by diamond mining which created an impressive platform for socio-economic growth. In celebration of the country’s 50 years of Independence the De Beers Group of Companies in partnership with Botswana Innovation Hub and the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development present the inaugural Youth Innovators Botswana: an initiative aimed at exposing the youth to the latest innovative platforms and international business trends towards fostering entrepreneurship as a lucrative opportunity to create employment as well as diversify the economy.
“The Youth Innovators Botswana workshop aims to enable, inspire, ignite and excite the youth of Botswana towards changing an innovative idea into a sustainable business through utilization of opportunities available within the country in the areas of innovation, technology and the internet of things.’’
The workshop is hosted by the Chairman of Vision 2036 and Resident Director of De Beers Global Sightholder Sales, Neo Moroka. Botswana Innovation Hub CEO Alan Boshwaen will also address the workshop while the Minister of Youth Sport and Culture Hon. Thapelo Olopeng will deliver the Key Note Address.
A glittering line-up of awe-inspiring youths some whom have received international commendation in their respected fields will take part in the workshop. Film maker and actor, Donald Molosi, Mothusi Lesole - Owner of iZaura, and Gobonaone Modisane – Owner Young Chefs Academy, will headline the proceedings. While handset maker of note, Thatayaone Dichaba, of Ditec Mobile, a local tech company that manufactures handsets for the African market will inspire the youths present there.