Thursday, December 9, 2010

Botswana seeks Indian Investments

The Botswana Export Development & Investment Authority (BEDIA) and The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) jointly organized Seminar on 'Economy of Botswana and the Opportunities for Indian Businessmen' today at Surana Udyog Auditorium, Federation House, Red Hills, Hyderabad. Ms. Ontiretse Scitta Monagen, Regional Director, BEDIA was the Chief Guest for the occasion. Dr. J.S. Juneja Business Representative, BEDIA and Mr. Shekhar Agarwal, President, Mr. Srinivas Ayyadevara, Chairman, International Trade & Relations Committee, Mr. M.V. Rajeshwara Rao, Secretary General, Mr. V.S. Raju, Senior Vice President from FAPCCI and large number of businessmen’s are participated in the session.

Ms. Ontiretse Scitta Monagen said in his speech that the mining country Botswana is offering business opportunities in mining and energy, resource based industry and financial services to the Indian businessmen’s and companies. In particularly Botswana welcoming investments in diamond, coal, gold, uranium, copper nickel, methane gas in mining and energy; tourism, health, education, ICT and Financial services sectors. Botswana is a friendly environmental country to the Indian people and it’s also a tax regime country. The Botswana Export Development & Investment Authority (BEDIA) assists to the Indian businessmen in investment promotion, export development, policy advocacy, promote joint ventures and one stop solutions for the investors. Particularly our one stop solution scheme will support to the businessmen in land, telephone, industrial license, water, power supply and domestic atmosphere.

Mr. Shekhar Agarwal said in his welcome address that the Indian community has played a significant role in the economic growth of Botswana. The Government of Botswana has been recruiting Indian experts for various Government Departments. As per the latest estimates, there are about 10,000 people of Indian origin, out of which 3,000 have become Botswana nationals and the remaining 7,000 are still holding Indian passports.

Mr. Srinivas Ayyadevara said that Botswana seeks Indian investments in the areas of agriculture and dairy; industry – especially in diamonds and small & medium industries as well as labour oriented industries; investment in mining coal, diamond, gold; setting up an ICT park and assistance in telecommunication technology. Botswana is rich in minerals and offers great potential for investment in these areas.

Dr. J.S. Juneja invited FAPCCI business delegates to Botswana to analyze the opportunities and market trend in Botswana.

Mr. V.S. Raju honored the guests with Memento.

Mr. M.V. Rajeshwara Rao welcomed the guests and felt that the business opportunity program had a positive response from the business sector.

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