Maun Suited For MICE – Kgosi Tawana

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Batawana Paramount Chief Kgosi Tawana Moremi II has described Maun as the best destination for the meetings, incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) due to its geographical location as a tourism capital and gateway to the Okavango Delta.

Speaking at the launch of the newly established, Chema Chema Fund which is a programme designed to uplift and empower the informal sector across the country, Moremi II implored government to consider Maun for major events it plans to host.

Moremi was happy that the programme also dubbed ‘Mokgokolosa’ as popularised by President Mokgweetsi Masisi was launched in Maun to the delight of many within the informal SMME community who graced the event in large numbers.

“We are very proud that the programme is being launched in Maun. It is very befitting that when you look as to where to take government events you should think of Maun. This is very helpful for us,” Moremi directed his words to Vice President Slumber Tsogwane who was officiating at the launch.

Known as the gateway to the world renowned Okavango Delta, Kgosi Moremi emphasised that Maun prides itself as Botswana’s hospitality hub hence the area is perfect for hosting events. He highlighted that Maun is all set for the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) strategy that seeks to increase Botswana’s tourism destination competitiveness and offer a diverse product.

“We hear that there is MICE, in Maun we are more than ready because we have the airport, hotels, lodges and guest houses that can support such events,” Moremi stressed.

With regards to the Chema Chema Fund, Moremi said this has always been the way of life in Ngamiland as there are limited formal employment opportunities in the area. “Chema Chema in our area is…go shiana shiana (translating to running around) …that is how we survive,” stressed Moremi. 

He reiterated that it was therefore appropriate that the programme was launched in Maun and urged the public to utilise it for the betterment of their lives.

Meanwhile, Vice President Tsogwane noted that despite its importance to the economy, the informal SMME sector has been found to be vulnerable. He added that the sector has also been financially excluded by the mainstream sources, from the current development, commercial business and start-up funding products and services offerings.

“This exclusion has stifled creativity, survival, growth and sustainability; as well as potential to transition to the formal sector. This phenomenon, or practice has rendered the participants and our budding entrepreneurs to be unduly reduced to perpetual survivalists.”

According to the VP, this form of systemic financial exclusion has made the informal sector very vulnerable with unmet multiple needs therefore calling for that to be changed for the better. If the underlying needs are met, he noted that the country stand a much better chance of reducing the vulnerability of many. “Ours must be to fully harness the potential of the sector across the economy.”

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