Honourable O.K Matambo, Minister of Finance and Development Planning officially opened the DFRC's new offices

SPEECH AT THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE NEW HEAD OFFICE OF THE SADC DEVELOPMENT FINANCE RESOURCE CENTRE (DFRC) ZAMBEZI TOWERS, CBD, GABORONE, BY HONOURABLE O.K. MATAMBO, MINISTER OF FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING, O8 JUNE 2016

 

Director of Ceremonies,

Honourable Ministers here present,

Your Excellencies, Heads of Diplomatic Missions and International Organisations,

Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax,

Senior SADC Government Officials,        

Chairperson of the SADC DFI Network, Mr Patrick Dlamini,

Chairperson of the SADC DFRC Board of Trustees, Mrs Annie Vidot,

Chief Executive Officer of the SADC DFRC, Mr Stuart Kufeni,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentleman,

A very good evening to you all.

 

  1. I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to you all to this important occasion which marks a significant milestone in the history of the SADC Development Finance Resource Center (DFRC).  In particular, a special welcome to those of you coming from far afield within the region and outside the region  and those who are visiting Botswana for the first time. I hope you will find your time here fulfilling, and that you will embrace the warm hospitality of our country and its people.

 

  1. I am pleased to officiate at this occasion of the launch of the new Head Office of the DFRC here in our new central business district. My sincere congratulations to the SADC DFI Network and the DFRC for the acquisition of these premises.

 

  1. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen , I have no doubt that most of you are aware of the role of Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) in our economies. This notwithstanding, I believe that it is very important to put the role of the DFRC and its shareholders and the SADC DFI Network, into perspective.

 

  1. As you know, the success of an economic development strategy in achieving sustainable growth, employment generation and uplifting the living standards of our people is partly dependent on the mobilisation and availability of

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