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Botswana Renewable Energy Expo 2014
Botswana Renewable Energy Expo 2014, the country’s Leading renewable energy event hosted by Africa Sustainable Energy Association and organised by Mathesis Consulting, will be held from the 26th – 28th February 2014 at the Botswana Conference and Exhibition Center Fairgrounds under the theme “Increasing Energy Capacity with Sustainable renewable sources”.
The event will feature an impressive line-up of local and international speakers, delegates and exhibitors, who will gather to debate a new energy future for Botswana.
BREE 2014 takes place in partnership with Africa Sustainable Energy Association, Southern Africa Alternative Energy Association, as well as numerous other local and multinational organizations, like Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), Africa Renewable Energy Alliance, ADB, and World Bank, Clean Energy Business Council from both the public and private sectors. This year event will attract more than 2,000 renewable energy power professionals and exhibiting companies from all over the World.
The objective of the Botswana Renewable Energy Expo is to:
• Create a platform for all stakeholders to network and transfer knowledge and skills.
• Raise awareness and educate the public about renewable energy sources and climate change in Botswana and the World.
• Showcase both local and international initiatives and technologies.
• Mobilise Consumers across all sectors to act on climate change in all aspects of their lives. Create a platform for Business, Government and NGO’s to showcase Renwabale Energy solutions and climate change initiatives and technologies.
BREE is designed to enable participants stay abreast of developments and highlight issues affecting the energy industry and further highlight technologies, strategies and policies covering the wind, solar, biofuel, hydrocarbon, geothermal, Agriculture, environment, finance, and hydrogen in Botswana.
This session will highlighting the progress so far, challenges and options for generation, transmission, distribution and management of the Energy sector. Government officials, Company executives, Captains of industries and Parastatals, amongst others will present papers.
This session will be held concurrently with the Conference, the Expo will focus on presentations by leading companies and Organisation on sustainable energy solutions for today and the future of Botswana and Southern Africa. The exhibitor will present their latest technologies and innovations that are already on working in other markets. There will be special Event Day/s and product launch during the Expo please contact Organizers if you are interested to host one of them.
Features of BREE 2014:
BREE will stimulate local by give back to the community we do business with follow feature over and above the event:
This Programme is aimed at helping local government officials turn clean energy visions into reality. This will serve as a virtual clearing house of clean energy policy information and tools, and leverage assistance of global partners to offer policy best practices, peer-to-peer learning, expert policy assistance, and training. This programme will promote synthesized lessons from several countries on policies, regulations, planning, and practices for effectively achieving and managing significant renewable energy penetration into municipalities. Participants will be connected to a global network of clean energy experts for personalized attention and quick response to technical assistance on strategies, regulations, standards, financial incentives, and deployment programs. this is the CSI BREE is committed to.
2. Green Award
This initiative is to honour and recognize companies (of all sizes), government departments, schools, individuals and organizations who have demonstrated their commitment to the advancement of energy efficiency by implementing policies, projects and training that are relevant, innovative and effective in the fields of Green Economy, Energy Efficiency, Urban planning, Communication, Ecology, Engineering, Policy, Clean technology, Lean process, ERPs, Counteracting the disruption of nature such as Mitigating water scarcity & flooding, Preventing and managing pollution, Climate-proofing of infrastructure etc. The winners of the award will be invited to receive the award and sign the Be Green Declaration during the event in front of an international audience at the BREE 2014.
3. Investors Forum
The networking forum aim to create engagement session for exhibitors/investors to meet and establish relationship on investment opportunities and facilitate as a kick-off stage for industry solution introduction. Additionally, formal and informal meeting rooms will be provided to host private meetings, with Information Technology services (internet, teleconferencing, printing etc) forming part of the facilities as well as an on-line match making platform to allow exhibitors, delegates and visitors to network, meet and make new connections.
4. Media Hub
The media hub is open to all local and international press and media. Facilities to be included are high speed internet, video and teleconferencing facilities and an open office layout. Facilities for a local broadcaster may be provided to host TV interviews, talk shows, etc.
5. Re-duce Re-use Re-cycle Station programme.
Part of the mandate of the expo is to be environmentally friendly and achieve a zero carbon foot print. The Re-duce Re-use Re-cycle station will house initiatives involved in these areas. Such initiatives include recycling, reducing emission by planting trees, the use of environmental friendly materials and placing of recycling bin at key location in the State.
President: Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama
Vice-President: Lt Gen. Mompati Merafhe
Currency: One pula (BWP) is made up of 100 thebe
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Botswana is centrally located in the heart of Southern Africa. It shares borders with Zambia in the north, Namibia in the north and north-west, Zimbabwe in the north-east and South Africa in the south and south-east. Consequently, Botswana is a land locked country. But that has not crippled trade in this country.
Botswana is roughly the size of France or Texas in the United States. The country surface area is 581 730 square kilometres. Botswana is 84% covered by Kgalagadi desert. The capital city is Gaborone, which is in the south-east near the border with South Africa.
Botswana straddles the Tropic of Capricorn, located in the southern hemisphere. It is within the high-pressure belt in the southern African interior, away from oceanic influences. In consequence, the rainfall is low and the temperatures are high.
The summer season begins in November and ends in March. It usually brings very high temperatures up to 40°C mark and higher. However, summer is also the rainy season, and cloud coverage and rain can cool things down considerably, although only usually for a short period of time. In summer during the morning period humidity ranges from 60 to 80% and drops to between 30 and 40% in the afternoon.
The winter season begins in May and ends in August. This is also the dry season when virtually no rainfall occurs. Winter days are invariably sunny and cool to warm; however, evening and night temperatures can drop below freezing point in some areas. In winter humidity is considerably less and can vary between 40 and 70% during the morning and fall to between 20 and 30% in the afternoon.
Most of Botswana is at an average elevation of 1,000 metres, with much of the country comprising a vast, and nearly level, sand-filled basin characterised by scrub-covered savannah.
Some 85 per cent of the country (including the entire central and south-west regions) is covered by Kalahari (Kgalagadi), a semi-arid expanse of wind-blown sand deposits. In the northwest the Okavango river flows in from Namibia, soaking into the sands and forming the 15,000 sq km of convoluted channels and islands comprising the Okavango Delta. In the lower elevations of the northeast are the large salty clay expanses of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Due to the predominantly semi-arid land, most rivers and streams inside the country are ephemeral with most valleys usually dry, except during the wettest months which are normally January and February. Perennial rivers, including the Chobe and the Okavango, have their source outside the country.
The economic success of Botswana is attributable to successful exploitation of its vast mineral resources, especially diamonds. Botswana continues to be the largest exporter of gem diamonds in the world in terms of value.
The economy of Botswana has since the commencement of the global financial crisis realized an economic performance below her potential. In 2008, only a sluggish real economic growth of 3.1 percent was recorded and a contraction of 3.7% was then subsequently recorded for 2009. This being the case though, the economy of Botswana has started to show some good performance in line with the global economic recovery. In particular, the improvement of diamond and copper sales in the world market has seen the mining sector experience a 21.7% increase from a low base. This great growth rate of the mining sector, together with the growth of the rest of the economy at 6.3%, saw the economy of Botswana register a real economic rate of about 10.7% over the four quarters ending September 2010. The economy is expected to grow in real terms by 6.8% in 2011 and 7.1% in 2012, this being subject to a growth over the same period of at least 15% and 6.2% respectively for the mining sector as the largest contributor to GDP.
Gross Domestic Product per Capita
Botswana had real GDP per capita of about P12 673 in 2005/06. Total Per Capita GDP (including mining) declined marginally by 1.5% in 2005/06.
DATE & VENUE
• Press Day: 25th February 2014
• Conference & Expo: 26th – 28th February 2014
• Community empowerment ( eco leader programme): 28th February 2014
Time: 9am – 5pm.
The exhibition ground: Fairground Ground is located in Gaborone’s city centre, our 50 hectares venue, houses Fairground Holdings a versatile venue for conferences, fairs and exhibitions. Our Conference Centre has the 10,000 seater Ditshupo chamber and Boipuso chamber accommodating 2,000 people cinema style. Both rooms are ideal for conferences, gala dinner and weddings and have also been used for various exhibitions. In addition to the main chambers we have three multipurpose conference rooms which accommodate 250 to 500 people. We have 13 breakaway rooms often utilized as boardrooms and for conferencing. We are fully serviced with security, media facilities and have ample parking.
Admission to the Exhibition is free but Conference and One on One Session require registration
All visitors must register on arrival at the Venue. Registration cards must be obtained and completed before one can gain entry into the venue. Invitation cards may be obtained from the Organizers office at the Exhibition arena. Admission badges will be issued and must be worn at all time in the venue for security reasons. Subsequent entries can be made without further registration provided that the assigned badges are won.