Thulaganyo Segokgo, Botswana's minister of transport and communications

The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation celebrated its 40th anniversary with the launch of the inaugural telecommunications museum in Botswana. This is a brilliant initiative, as it reaffirms Government's commitment to a digitally transformed and knowledgeable society. 

This launch of the museum has been seen as  significant in that it seeks to preserve knowledge in particular the history of technology that Botswana relied on in the past. “With the rapid trends and changing landscape of the telecommunications products and services it is essential to document every milestone, hence the museum comes at an ideal time.” Said Minister  Tulaganyo Sekgokgo Botswana’s Minister of Transport and Communication during the launch night.  

He added further, saying the museum will  document the country’s inventions, ingenuity and craftsmanship which is essential for leaving a legacy for its descendants. “It will also facilitate researchers, further educate the nation on ICTs, serve as a tourist attraction site and while preserving the telecommunications heritage.”

The Covid-19 crisis has compelled the government to focus efforts to embrace digital transformation. Today, digitalisation is a way of life during the "new normal", to save communities from the virus by offering services online, and avoiding physical contact. This translates to convenience, improved customer service and enhanced operational efficiency.

“Through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, we will go a long way in transforming Botswana into a digitalised economy as aspired by His Excellency the President, Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi and proclaimed by the Nation Vision 2036 pillars,” added Sekgokgo.