Women's-expoFor the first time, the City of Francistown will host the Northern Region Women’s Exposition.

The Expo which is brought by the Department of Gender Affairs is a deliberate move by the government to conduct two consecutive Expos in the southern and northern parts of the country.

The historic Northern Women’s Expo will be held at the Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) grounds on the 6th to the 10th of August.

The Deputy Director at the Department of Gender Affairs, Thapelo Phuthego said, “The event will attract 150 exhibitors from Bobirwa, Chobe, North West and North East regions.

The idea of hosting two events is noble as we will be able to accommodate more exhibitors compared to previous years.”

Amongst other things, the exposition will start with a business investment forum to equip exhibitors with business management skills.

According to the Deputy Director, close to a million Pula was spent to pool women from across the country to participate and showcase their businesses and products.

“Statistics indicate that about 20.7 percent of Batswana live below the poverty datum line, majority being women. To address this problem, my ministry through the Gender Affairs Department has adopted diverse strategies to reduce poverty among women,” continued Phuthego.

Since the inception of the women’s Expo 13 years ago, its profile of exhibitors has grown from 70 exhibitors in 1999 to 300 this year.

“The benefits of this Expos are noticeable and concrete. A total of 10 women entrepreneurs graduated from micro level to international standards,” said Phuthego.

The maiden Expo which will be held under the theme “Empowering Women Entrepreneurs; key to sustainable economic development”, will be officially opened by the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs Edwin Batshu.

 

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