GABORONE, Botswana, 5 April 2019/ – Building off 2018’s success and sold out conference, the second annual BotsReal Property & Infrastructure Forum will take place on 15 May 2019 at Masa Square Hotel in Gaborone.
This year’s industry gathering will feature several new local and international speakers, from the private and public sectors, presenting case studies, presentations and participating in discussions on this year’s theme: Innovating for Growth.
According to BotsReal’s host and the managing director of African Property Investment (API) Events’ Kfir Rusin, “Botswana is one of the most developed property ecosystems for investors to invest in the continent, and this year, we’re providing a global view on access to funding; best practice on green design and sustainability; affordable housing and hospitality.”
Adding that, “We are also providing a unique opportunity to learn where and how leading pension funds and asset managers are deploying their capital. We are pleased to formally announce that the Minister for Infrastructure and Housing the Hon. Vincent T. Seretse will open this year’s forum.”
The forum has again attracted a number of regional and leading brands as sponsors and partners with RDC Properties returning as diamond sponsor.
Says Rusin, “RDC’s continued backing cements BotsReal’s reputation as the premier industry and investment event for the real estate and infrastructure sector.”
Recognised as one of the country’s most successful developers with a growing international reputation, RDC’s executive chairman, Guido Giachetti, is respected and sought after for his views on the local and regional market.
As he comments, “The forum has attracted focus on the Botswana property market and creates a platform to improve RDC Properties visibility to the regional trade.”
With hundreds of
delegates attending, networking is a major function of the one-day forum, but it’s
also a platform to discuss challenges facing the sector says Giachetti.
“For us this is an opportunity to connect with different potential partners and for delegates is the best opportunity to get all the players in the same room. This can be used as a forum to have all industry players deliberate on current legislations in the business environment and how they impact on the local property market with a view to reaching out to the regulatory authorities.”
With an election cycle looming and investors and developers deploying a wait and see approach; Giachetti advocates that the Government should review its current position in light of the current macroeconomic environment.
“The government should review the tax bill, VRLS abolition and enacting REITs legislation,” says Giachetti.
As the continent’s acknowledged leaders in providing platforms for the investment and real estate sector to gather and formalise, API Events’ Rusin acknowledges the role in which the BotsReal Forum platform will be used for the industry to gather and discuss pertinent issues.
“With the leading figures from both the public and private sector in attendance, BotsReal provides a transparent platform for the sector to engage and innovate for the future from a policy perspective and for the emergence of new assets classes such as data centres, student housing, affordable housing and more.”
Topics which Giachetti believes are vital in a competitive marketplace. “We have always been more of a first mover and we are and shall continue to be so; and utilise best practice and product differentiation while taking calculated risks is key to strategic growth in the local market.”