November 21, 2019

Dr. Masisi’ s inauguration

Friday, 1 November 2019, Gabarone, Botswana: Botswana’s fifth president, Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi took his oath of office in the morning at the University of Botswana Indoor Sports Arena here in Gaborone.
The swearing-in ceremony will be the first to be held in public and away from the Botswana Parliament Building where the previous four presidents assumed office.

President Dr. Masisi was joined by some of his counterparts including President Filipe Nyusi [Mozambique] and President Edgar Lungu [Zambia] and representatives of other SADC Heads of State and Government who witnessed the historic ceremony.

Duing his inauguration allocution he made reference to a document that shall be drawn up to ‘guide the implementation of our National Vision 2036, which espouses Prosperity for All Botswana. In this regard, the recently appointed National Transformation Strategy Team will lay out the fundamental changes needed in policy, institutions and mindset to transform Botswana’. 

Dr. Masisi promised to focus on young people that are the hardest hit by joblessness. ‘In order to address the twin problems of unemployment and poverty amongst our people in general, I have committed to prioritise job creation during my tenure’.

President Masisi announced that the Government of Botswana is in negotiations with Forbes to host the 2020 ‘Under 30 Summit’ in Gaborone as part of the President’s Initiative. It would be the first time that the Forbes Under 30 Summit would be held in Africa. The event brings together at least six hundred of the world’s most elite entrepreneurs and game changers. They will be 200 Africa best, 200 World Best and Botswana Best. The Summit presents yet another opportunity not only for the young entrepreneurs in Botswana to learn from others and grow their businesses but also explore more ways to creating jobs for the youth.

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