Botswana At WEF in Search of Development Partners - Masisi

Davos-Klosters — President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi on Tuesday joined other head of states including US President Donald Trump, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, captains of industry and many others for the opening of the 2020 World Economic Forum (WEF) meet in Davos, Switzerland.

Dr Masisi is accompanied by First Lady Neo Masisi, acting Permanent Secretary to the President, Mr Elias Magosi, Botswana's ambassador to Switzerland and UN permanent representative in Geneva, Dr Athalia Molokomme and other senior government officials.

This year's forum, scheduled for 21-24 January, is held under the theme; "Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World."

Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting, President Masisi said Botswana's primary focus at the conference was to engage with world leaders from across the spectrum to try and address challenges facing the country.

"We came here to find partners who can help us in our development efforts particularly weed out contemporary burgeoning challenges in particular youth employment," he said.

According to President Masisi, WEF provided the perfect ecosystem for such engagements and a mechanism of translating ideals into concrete achievable items and to follow through.

In addition, President Masisi was upbeat about bilateral engagements he had had in Davos.

He was particularly happy that he had an opportunity to meet ICT corporate leaders who had expressed a deep desire to work with Botswana.

"Digitization is one of the means that we have identified in our transformative agenda as a solution and an enabler to reach other objectives," he said.

Held annually, WEF places under one roof key players from academia, charity and politics.

Many use the platform to network and hold private meetings with a view to advance their countries' development agendas.

Source : BOPA

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