On 30 June 2021, Flotek Pipes and Irrigation (Flotek) and DLG Naturals Ltd received the inaugural Botswana Exporter of the Year Awards for their excellence and innovation in reaching export markets in southern Africa and the United States, respectively. Flotek also emerged as the best performing citizen-owned firm and was declared Exporter of the Year. The awards are part of a collaboration between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC), Business Botswana, and Grant Thornton and aimed at incentivizing and encouraging Botswana export firms to explore innovative ways of improving their regional and global competitiveness.
The two winners are representative of a diversifying Botswana export sector covering agricultural equipment, handicrafts, and cosmetics. They were selected by a panel of industry and government experts and will compete for the Regional Exporter of the Year in August against other national Exporter of the Year winners from Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia.
Assistant Minister of Assistant Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Molebatsi Molebatsi represented the Government of Botswana at the event. The CEO of Botswana Investment and Trade Centre, Keletsositse Olebile, Managing Partner of Grant Thornton Botswana, Kalyanaraman Vijay, and CEO of Business Botswana, Norman Moleele also participated in the virtual awards ceremony.
Speaking at the event, the USAID/ Botswana Country Representative, Alyson McFarland, reaffirmed the U.S. Government’s commitment to supporting Botswana’s private sectorand export-led economic growth model, saying “These awards recognize export innovators who are affirming Botswana’s export policies that are leading to a more balanced, economic growth.”
The U.S. Government, through USAID, will continue to help Botswana export firms to increase exports by overcoming complex market entry requirements and connecting with South Africa and U.S. companies.
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