The annual Botswana Resource Sector Conference (BRSC) returns early June at a time when commodity prices though having hit positive trajectory are yet to show full flourish; providing the meeting with broader issues to explore around the sector. Organisers of the event said this week that the BRSC is a platform that seeks to promote dialogue within the resources sector. “It provides a platform for peer-to-peer engagement as well as for direct engagement between the private sector and the government of Botswana,” Leutlwetse Tumelo, leading event organiser said on Friday. The event, which is scheduled for 12th to 13th June, is expected to attract approximately 250 delegates including government representatives, key executives of resource companies, as well as companies that provide support services to the resource sector in Botswana. Sadique Kebonang – the minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security – will officially open the event. The BRSC has so far, according to its promoters, registered about 20 companies and the expectation is that by the time the event kick-starts at Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) in a month or so, the numbers would have increased.
The conference will run a number of sector-focused panel discussions that will focus on key issues in the respective sectors. “There will be a panel discussion on coal to look at ways of monetising Botswana’s coal resource,” Tumelo said. Companies that are expected to present at the event include among them Tlou Energy, African Energy Resources and Shumba Coal. The BRSC will also attract economists from various financial institutions while Botswana Stock Exchange Chief Executive, Thapelo Tsheole is also set to participate in a panel discussion. The event’s main objective is said to be to increase investment into Botswana’s resource sector by bringing together companies, with global and local institutions looking for investments. While the agenda of the previous edition comprised a mixture of solo presentations and panel discussions focusing on the resource sector, the Botswana economy and infrastructure looking at power, water and transport issues supporting the resource sector, the 2017 agenda will expand on this.