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Botswana business community

To reach the Botswana business community and especially the private sector your best bet is Business Botswana formerly known as the Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manufacturing (BOCCIM) body.

Business Botswana is integral to the market within Botswana including the upcoming business hubs; and the region, especially SADC countries.


Formed in 1971 as BOCCIM, Business Botswana is a business association of employers in all sectors of Botswana economy. It has long experience as Botswana's driver of the private sector and the economy.

Much of its thrust to provide business leadership is directed through a private sector development strategy.

This strategy is a tool that helps to create an enabling environment for private sector development and growth.


Its membership comprises of parastatal bodies (semi-autonomous) and private sector entities; for which members BB hosts annual dinner to encourage networking amongst them.

As much as BB helps to advocate for reforms in commerce such as in the case of handling hurdles of licensing or work permit, business procedures, etc, there are many more benefits of being a registered member of the association. These include:

  • BB benefits card
  • Training
  • Assistance to small business
  • Investment promotion
  • Government recognition
  • Labour relations and HIV/AIDS in the work-place
  • Economic policy advocacy
  • Public relations
  • Hosts business conferences
  • International trade licenses

BB's primary mandate is to advocate and lobby to government for policy and regulatory reforms to help enhance a more conducive business environment.

Of recent, BB plays a leading role in the implementation of the Economic Diversification Drive (EDD), a programme that ensures participation of local businesses in the national economy.

BOCCIM coordinates activities through business councils established in major towns of Gaborone, Lobatse, Kanye, Tsabong, Ghanzi, Molepolole, Mochudi, Mahalapye, Palapye, Serowe, Selibe Phikwe, Francistown, Maun, Kasane and Letlhakane.

However, within the Gaborone business council which is the head office, the council has representation for different sectors in the following areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Financial services
  • Health care
  • Hotel and Tourism
  • Information Communication and Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Motor trade
  • Parastatals (semi-autonomous bodies)
  • Petroleum and chemicals
  • Printing and publishing
  • Retail
  • Security services
  • Transport
  • Transport
  • Wholesale
  • Women in business

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