BITC Launches the Business Facilitation Services Centre

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

The Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) will on the 18th February 2014 launch a Business Facilitation Services Centre at the BITC Head Office, Central Business District (CBD). The Minster of Trade and Industry, Honourable Dorcas Makgatho-Malesu will perform the official launch of this Services Center. This Business Facilitation Services Centre has been set up to provide professional services to both new and existing foreign and local investors and is instrumental to BITC’s investor relations management by enabling qualifying investors in the manufacturing and selected services sectors to secure government clearances and approval with ease for business start-up.

BITC has over the years, engaged various key stakeholders particularly those that have a complimentary mandate in attracting investment to Botswana. Through this cordial relationship, BITC signed Service Level Agreements with various government departments. This agreement helps in expediting processing of foreign and local investors requests in a timely and efficient manner. BITC has adopted the “One Window model” with this Services Center. This allows for investors to submit all their relevant requests to the entity and BITC subsequently processes application with the authorising government departments on the investors’ behalf.

Services offered by the Business Facilitation Service Centre include applications for entry VISAS, work and residence permits, connection of utilities such as power, telecommunications and water, income tax and VAT registration, access to industrial and commercial land allocation, allocation of factory space for manufacturing and most importantly the provision of information on Botswana’s business climate, regulatory regime and investment opportunities.

The launch of this facility is to augment Botswana’s efforts to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and boost our economy to create sustainable employment. BITC through the Business Facilitation Services Centre facilitates various investment incentives such as Tax and Non-Tax incentives to investors. This service can be accessed from the BITC head office at the Central Business District, off PG Matante Road, Plot 54351.