BEDIA wins Africa Investment & Business Leaders Awards
The Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA), emerged victorious at the annual Africa Investor Investment and Business Leaders Awards which were held in Cape Town last week Thursday. BEDIA, which was nominated for the first time, walked away with the Investment Promotion Agency of the Year award, beating other organisations which have been in the contest before. The Africa Investor awards have been running since 2004 and have been held in various African countries.
In her opening statement at the ceremony, Ms Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy, South Africa said: “In their fifth year now, the Africa investor Investment & Business Leaders Awards are the most respected international awards to recognise exceptional business practices, economic achievements and investments across Africa. At a time when the global economy continues to face formidable challenges amid vigorous market changes, the Africa investor Investment & Business Leaders Awards honour the leaders and institutions who have provided dynamic leadership and a profitable long-term vision for the companies they lead and the communities within which they operate. The Awards positively shed light on Africa’s many untold investment success stories and recognise those business leaders that have shown commitment to responsibly grow shareholder value, whilst at the same time make a difference through leadership and innovation in their industry.”
BEDIA was shortlisted in this category with other organisations such as the Uganda Promotion Agency, the Board of Investment (BOI) Mauritius, Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) and the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC). The 2009 Investment and Business Leaders Awards ceremony took place during a gathering of global finance and business leaders at the Africa investor CEO Forum and UNEP Finance Initiative Global Roundtable Gala Dinner.
Receiving the award on behalf of the authority, the Deputy Director of PR & Communications, Kungo Lentswe said;
“At BEDIA we are humbled by receiving the award. Our brand is growing and making a positive mark in the investment world, we look forward to retaining the title and contribute towards the development our domestic investors and attracting more investment in Botswana. We make it our business to improve the investment climate in Botswana and we develop the economy of our country. We appreciate out investors, our exporters and encourage our prosperous investors to come through. Botswana has the potential, it is for you to explore!”
Africa Investor is a leading international investment research and communication group that advises governments, international organisations and businesses on communication strategies for capital market and foreign direct investments in Africa. The Group hosts the Investment and Business Awards to reward exceptional business practices, economic achievements and investments across the investment spectrum in Africa.
Last year’s Investment Promotion Agency of the Year award was won by Malawi Investment Promotions Agency (MIPA). The Durban Investment Promotion Agency (DIPA) and the Board of Investment (BOI) Mauritius were the joint first runner-ups while the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) was the second runner up.