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Ms. Boitumelo Mbaakanyi

Ms. Boitumelo Mbaakanyi

Project Manager - Sustainable Private Sector Development

Boitumelo is an astute Project Management, Private Sector Development and Financial Management Expert based in Gaborone, Botswana. 

She has a BA (Economics & Accounting), is a Fellow Certified Chartered Accountant (FCCA) and a Fellow member of the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCPA, Bots). 20+ Years’ experience in Corporate Governance, Due Diligences, Audits, Business Valuations & Brokerage, Corporate Strategy & Turnarounds etc.

Boitumelo is currently contracted as Project Manager of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s flagship Sustainable Private Sector Development (SPSD) Project which encompasses the Country Office’s private sector initiatives.  Key project components include: ATISA Supplier Development Programme (SDP), Youth Connekt (YC), Private Sector Recovery Plan (PSRP) support, Green Energy Interventions, Conducive Business Environment support, Research/Innovation Interventions and so forth.  Inclusion of Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Women, Youth, Informal sector and Vulnerable communities, remains at the fore of the project’s priorities. She ensures that the project is adequately resourced and oversees its implementation, re efficiency and effectiveness.

Boitumelo serves, and has served, as a non-executive board director and/or audit committee member for large entities, in vast industries, across the Private Sector, Government and NGOs. Their diversity demonstrates her agility in matters of overall corporate governance and business sustainability. Boitumelo’s most cherished role is being a mother to Maita (aka the King) and Fungo (aka Princess) who are both toddlers and a pleasure to nurture.

Events with this Speaker

1st Nov
08:00 - 12:00

#PushaBW Forum


The #PushaBW campaign was launched in December 2018. The campaign is a national initiative aimed at encouraging and rallying Batswana to actively grow the local economy by supporting and buying locally made products, supporting local initiatives and using local services. The campaign implores Batswana to empower, sustain and grow the country by consciously purchasing and using products made and grown in Botswana. 

The campaign is premised to achieve the following key tenets:

  • Buy more:

To drive encourage and drive the population to buy and utilize more local products and services

  • Awareness creation:
  • Support local producers with marketing activities that create awareness of their products.
  • Give reason to take action:
  • To provide public education on reasons to ‘Buy Botswana’
  • Where to find them:
  • Development of a local supplier Database for Botswana products and services that can be accessible by Batswana
  • Advocate for policy:
  • Advocacy for key policy issues and interventions that will lead to the success of the campaign

The campaign continues to gain significant momentum, this is proven by the notable support and uptake from various stakeholders who have bought into it and have even partnered with Brand Botswana for campaign collaborations. The #PushaBW campaign has sub themes being #ListenLocal which is aimed at promoting local music, #EatLocal aimed at promoting Botswana’s cuisine and #TravelLocal which is aimed at promoting local travel to various tourism destinations in the country. 

#PushaBW Forum

As another avenue to achieve the above objectives of the campaign, Brand Botswana annually hosts the #PushaBW Forum during the Global Expo Botswana. Through the Forum, Brand Botswana aims to create a platform where local stakeholders interact to discuss different issues. In the past, the below have been discussed: 

  • Consumer behavior around local goods and services
  • What is required to get the population to procure more local
  • The role of different stakeholders in the buy local initiative
  • What are the local quality standards and how producers can ensure that their products meet the required levels of quality for consumer uptake
  • The branding and packaging that is of the standard required to be on local shelves
  • What can be done to stimulate interest in local products and services

Past themes

YearFocus/Theme Participating stakeholders 
2019Product development (standards, branding, labelling)NFTRC, BOBS, Branding expert, Arona Natutral Foods  
2020Facilitating access for local producer in retail space Major retail outlets, DeBeers, Hilton Garden Inn, White Label Fragrances 

The 2022 edition of the #PushaBW Forum will focus on notable achievements since the launch of the #PushaBW as well as notable outcomes from the last two editions of the #PushaBW Forum.  The event will consist of a presentation on how supporting/buying local impacts on the Nation Brand and panel discussions featuring entities that have made deliberate efforts to support/buy local, focusing on challenges, experiences and success stories.

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