The 14th Biennial National Business Conference (NBC) which kicks off in two weeks’ time will this year focus on celebrating 50 years of Botswana’s self-rule and reflect on past private sector role on that milestone and how it can be enhanced in the future. Business Botswana, organisers of the event, says the theme - ‘Botswana at 50: Celebrating success and strengthening the public-private sector for sustained prosperity’ - recognises the enormous developmental strides made by Botswana, which have largely been led by the private sector as a viable instrument for development. Dr Racious Moatshe, Business Botswana CEO, said at a press briefing on Monday that this year’s conference will cover a wide range of topics such as, celebrating 50 years of socio-economic and political development: reflection on the journey travelled and beyond, Botswana’s economy beyond minerals: in search of innovative engines of growth, overcoming structural limitations of private sector growth in Botswana: is investment beyond Botswana boarders the answer, among those lined to be discussed. Topics such as the future of the beef industry in Botswana and charting of the course for sustainable private sector-led growth are also to be discussed. Moatshe said over 300 participants will attend the conference which will be officially opened by President Ian Khama. The organisers have invited Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of Mauritius, Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo, as a keynote speaker who is expected to set the tone of the conference. This year FNB Botswana has partnered with Business Botswana for the three-day event. The bank’s Director of Marketing and Communication, Obonye Malope, said as a leading bank in the country they also want to participate in shaping policies that would enable private sector growth. She said the event will afford them the opportunity to interact with their customers as most members of the business community are either customers or potential customers of the bank.