The outgoing Business Botswana Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Maria Machailo-Ellis, has been hailed for her contribution to the transformation of the organisation in advocating for the private sector growth.
Business Botswana organised a farewell ceremony for Ellis on Thursday which was attended by business heavyweights from the government and the private sector. Business Botswana President, Lekwalo Mosienyane, described Ellis as a hard working person who has contributed immensely to the growth of the private sector and its role in the national economy.
He said they will remain proud of Ellis’ achievements in helping the organisation achieve some milestones such as restructuring of the organisation and establishment of initiatives such as the Private Sector Development Programme.
Ellis joined Business Botswana in January 2007 then known as BOCCIM as its Executive Director and will now leave the organisation to join International Labour Organisation (ILO) in the Bureau of Employers Activities.
She will be in charge of employers’ activities in 10 Southern Africa countries Botswana among them and she will be based in South Africa.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Peggy Serame, accredited the outgoing CEO for working closely with the government to provide a better environment for the private sector. She said even though differences exist between the government and the private sector, she has managed to strike a good working relationship with Ellis. The Ellis will join ILO effective January 2016.