Davos-Klosters — President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi is expected to unroll and share with the global community Botswana's plan to adapt and leverage on the 4th Industrial Revolution during the ongoing World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
According to a Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) director, Mr Tshepo Tsheko, by unleashing the plan, Botswana was hoping to attract partners and investment with a very specific objective of "supporting our initiatives and not necessarily telling us what to do".
Speaking in an interview yesterday, Mr Tsheko acknowledged that Botswana presently did not have a thriving ecosystem needed to benefit fully from the 4th Industrial Revolution hence the need to forge alliances both locally and internationally.
"There is need to retool from old ways of how we build human capital, so we need to turn the people who know only theory to be doers and participants. That is why we are teaching the youth digital coding skills and introducing them to robotics at an early age," he said adding that the initiatives should be extended across the length and breadth of Botswana at different levels of education.
According to Mr Tsheko, the importance of a digital economy could not be overlooked as it created a much needed platform and opportunity to get involved in the development of the country.
"Not only is digital economy a beneficial platform that benefits our everyday life, but it is an empowering tool. People go into the internet to learn how to do new things and to do e-commerce," he said.
He said there was need for Botswana to play catch up and quickly transform into a digital economy so that everyone could meaningfully and actively participate in the development of the country.
National Development Plan 11, he noted, placed emphasis on the need to attain a knowledge society through information and communications technology.
Mr Tsheko said WEF accorded Botswana a perfect platform to not only form part of the conversation on the digitally driven world but also to be able to move along with the rest of the world as the country transformed towards a knowledge economy.
The forum is a non-profit making foundation which aims to shape global, regional and industrial agendas by bringing people together through dialogue.
It was established in 1971 by German economist Klaus Schwab. Originally it was known as the European Management Forum until a name change 16 years later in 1987.
The 50th meeting of WEF held under the theme; "Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World", is expected to bring together over 3 000 participants from across the globe with a view to seek solution to multi-pronged socio-economic problems faced by the world.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>