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Are Diamonds there forever?  Prospects of a Sustainable Development Model for Botswana

 

 

27– 28 August 2014

Gaborone

 

 
Keynote Speach

BANNY MOLOSIWA (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry)

 

Session 1:

Setting the Theme – The Political Economy Context for Diversification


 

The Mineral Dependant Economic Structure and Incentives faced by the Government (Keynote Presentation)

ITA M. MANNATHOKO  (Former International Monetary Fund’s IEO)

 

Is the African Economic Miracle at the Verge of Economic Collapse? The Case of Botswana’s Untapped Economic Potential

PROF. BROTHERS W. MALEMA (Dpt. of Economics, UB)

 

The Role of Political Parties in Botswana’s Democratic and Economic Development: An Anatomy of Youth Leagues and Wings

GOBE TAZIBA (School of Graduate Studies, UB)

 

  

Session 2:

Setting the Theme – The Economic Context for Diversification

 

 

The Botswana Development Model since 1966: Evaluation of Diversification Efforts. What worked? What did not? (Keynote Presentation)

DR. KEITH JEFFERIS (Managing Director, Econsult Botswana)

 

Botswana’s Economic Diversification Policies and Strategies – What is Different from what we have always done?

DR. JOEL SENTSHO (Trade Policy Advisor, Ministry of Trade and Industry)

 

An Assessment of Diversification-Growth Implications in Botswana and Emerging Policy Dynamics

DR. GRACE TABENGWA (Presenter; Snr. Research Fellow, BIDPA), JOHANE MOTSATSI (Assoc. Researcher, BIDPA)

 

Session 3:

Regional Integration and Economic Diversification

  The SACU Revenue Sharing Formula – Diversification and the Automobile Industry

PROF. ROMAN GRYNBERG (Snr. Research Fellow, BIDPA)

 

Session 4:

Alternative Models for Economic Diversification in Botswana

 

Case Study: Mauritius – An African Success Story of Economic Diversification

DR. RAMA SITHANEN (Former Minister of Finance, Republic of Mauritius)

 

Growing Manufacturing: Assessing Botswana’s Diversification Efforts through Manufacturing Sector Growth

KEINEETSE MOTLHANKA(Dpt. of Industrial Design and Technology, UB), DR. HERBERT MAPFAIRA (Dpt. of Mechanical Engineering, UB)

 

Session 5:

Industry Regulation and Natural Resource Management

 

 

Regulatory Frameworks and Economic Diversification: Laws, Institutions and likely Effects

DR. GAPE KABOYAKGOSI (Presenter; Snr. Research Fellow, BIDPA), MASEDI MOTSWAPONG (Research Fellow, BIDPA)

 

Challenges of Economic Diversification for Sustainable Development in the Context of the Anthropocene

PROF. OPHA P. DUBE (Dpt. of Environmental Science, UB)

 

 

Session 6:

The Role of Technology and Innovation

 

 

Alternative Models of Economic Diversification Special Economic Zones models for growth: Science Technology Parks and Research Parks

DR. BUDZANANI TACHEBA (Botswana Innovation Hub)

 

Technological Innovation and Export Diversification through the Development of Diamond Processing Capabilities in Botswana’s Diamond Cutting and Polishing Industry

DR. LETSEMA MBAYI (Research Fellow, BIDPA)

 

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Understanding the Inter-Link between Innovation, Imitation and Economic Growth

DR. CHINANDU MWENDAPOLE, KEIPHE N. SETLHATLHANYO (Dpt. of Industrial Design and Technology, UB)

 

 

 

 

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Session 7:

Capital Markets, Entrepreneurship and Diversification

 

Venture Capital and its Role in Diversification (Keynote Presentation)

ANTHONY SIWAWA (Founder and Managing Director, Venture Partners Botswana)

 

Session 8:

Setting the Theme – The Social Context for Diversification

 

 

 

Economic Diversification, Social Development and Poverty Eradication in Botswana: Towards an Integrated Model of Social Protection (Keynote Presentation)

PROF. RODRECK MUPEDZISWA (Professor of  Social Work, UB)

 

Social Protection and Public Policy in Botswana

DR. TEBOGO B. SELEKA (Executive Director, BIDPA)

 

 

 

Session 9:

Women, Youth and Economic Empowerment

 

 

Barriers and Enablers to Women in Business in Botswana

KGOMOTSO MONTSI (Presenter), PROF. PATRICIA M. MAKEPE, PROF. FRANCIS N. OKURUT, ITUMELENG P. OAGENG (Dpt. of Economics, UB)

 

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education: Promoting an Enterprising Culture among Students

GOSEKWANG SETIBI (Dpt. of Management, UB), DR. HERBERT MAPFAIRA (Dpt. of Mechanical Engineering, UB)

 

Appropriate Vocational Training to Solve Botswana’s Youth Unemployment

GAOTLHOBOGWE R. MOTLALENG (Dpt. of Economics, UB)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session 10:

Poverty Eradication – Are Diversification Efforts Leading to Gains?

 

 

 

Is Botswana’s Social Safety Net Model really Alleviating Poverty?

REFILWE SINKAMBA (Dpt. of Social Work, UB)

 

Civil Society Groups in Botswana: Factors influencing Successful Participation in Poverty Eradication

DR. JOSEPH T. MATSOGA, MATSAPA PHEGELO (Faculty of Education, UB)