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F/Town prepares for Innovation Forum

Publishing Date : 12 March, 2018

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The City of Francistown is preparing for the first ever Ideas and Innovation Forum at Adansonia Hotel on the 27th & 28th April 2018. This is an initiative by the private sector industry and non-governmental organizations. The City of Francistown Council has agreed to offer technical support to the event.

“The Ideas and Innovation Forum Francistown is an initiative to bring together policymakers, business people, inventors, innovators to guide a new thinking process of diversifying the economy of Francistown by leveraging on existing opportunities and chartering on new ideas to propel the economy forward ” the project leader Mr. Tebogo Toteng told the Weekend Post. Mr Toteng  says the futuristic intent is to create interdependent businesses modelled on the Microsoft Innovation Hub that promote invention and innovation that cut across different sectors of the economy housed under the same roof.

“The forum aims at energizing new transformative and practical thinking on diversifying Francistown economy away from mining. Further the forum will act as a melting pot for industry leaders, policymakers and entrepreneurs to ensure well thought and structured approach to actioning and monitoring of the ideas for optimum results,” Toteng said.

Francistown has been facing economic difficulties because of the closure of the mines as many businesses were dependent on mining activity. “We need to find new ways of surviving after the mines. We have the fortune of land abundance around the city, that’s already an advantage” The Forum will be a two day event, with the first day being a launch dinner that is meant to set tone for the second day. The second day will consist of different seminars, which will be facilitated by industry leaders and experts from both government and the private sector.

Toteng says private sector involvement is very critical to the success of the forum because of the practical business expertise they have, and increased inclination to efficiency because they are profit driven. This type of initiative is likely to succeed if it’s driven by the private sector. “This is not meant to undermine the importance of the role of government which provides an enabling environment to private business success,” Toteng emphasizes.

The forum will bring hope to a City reeling from the effects of job losses that has impacted so many families.  “It is very important to get sponsor partners on board to ensure a wider outreach, and it is important that we sit and talk about ideas and innovation. Toteng appeals to the private sector to come on board to support the initiative that might just be the turning point for the City. “We definitely are looking for sponsors and partners to be able to deliver a world class event.

I am excited that the City Council has blessed the event and a number of NGO’s and private sector businesses have pledged support,” Toteng says they will unveil the partners and supporters at a media conference soon.



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