The 2019 Agenda

The BotsReal agenda is curated with careful consideration, after a process of research, discussion and the expertise of our team, sponsors and partners. Following from the theme of “The Search for Growth”, each presentation & discussion aims to speak to this goal by providing a diverse number of topics which allow for deep, nuanced conversation from our high- quality speakers. Our team comprises of property professionals with their finger on the pulse of the continent’s developments and an understanding of how best to package these ideas to serve our delegates, partners and sponsors. Our agenda is based on relevant, topical issues facing Botswana, and we bring together the best voices possible on each subject.


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With economic growth climbing to an estimated 3.6% and 4% in 2019; how will the state continue to focus on implementing economic restructuring making Botswana more competitive and attractive to its reawakening African neighbours as commodity demand heats up? Long seen as Africa’s most stable country economically and politically; we unpack how Botswana is set to regain its sparkle and minimise perceived risks of unemployment, water shortages, regional challenges and infrastructure on the economy.


As one of only three countries in Africa with a market cap greater than 100% of GDP according to Absa’s Africa Financial Markets Index report of 2018, Botswana is home to one of Africa’s most deep and liquid capital markets per capita. With the country at the vanguard of adopting measures in bringing more companies to list on its alternative exchanges, Botswana’s liquidity presents several investment scenarios to consider for the real estate sector. How do asset managers get better yields in a competitive market space; and how can developers get better access and terms to capital for projects locally and in new jurisdictions?


Unpacking why Botswana’s ambitious plans to transform itself from a commodity driven mid-level economy to a knowledge-based and upper income economy is dependent on innovation. How can Botswana’s real estate industry plug in and drive the development of world class facilities at attractively priced rentals as well as creating a market for alternative assets like data centres and assorted telecoms infrastructure needed to attract prospecting multinationals? Can Botswana outsmart other regional hubs like Kenya, Mauritius and SA, join us as we unpack the key trends, policy, opportunities and challenges in building a new future.


The adoption of innovative green principled design is an effective business strategy in a competitive and environmentally sensitive geographies. As one of Africa’s most developed markets; property owners (institutional and private) are increasingly looking to greener materials, products and services to reduce costs, carbon emissions and enhance the value and saleability of their assets. Join the leading figures from Africa and internationally, as we unpack the most innovative green design and building strategies relevant to Botswana’s property sector.


Bringing best in class ideas and solution driven concept case studies relevant to the Botswana market. From mixed use, experiential driven retail, student accommodation, hospitality and more; we share which regional best practice examples are better suited to the Botswana real estate environment.


With water and power concerns cited as two of the most pressing concerns for business leaders in Botswana; effective and innovative infrastructure development is an opportunity and challenge in the country; is the public sector addressing the issue and can the private sector get more involved? We also take a deep dive look at how the proposed multi-billion Pula railway projects will tilt the real estate investment landscape and create new investment nodes.


Opening new development nodes outside of Gaborone is fundamental to longterm market vibrancy and economic growth. We look at land use plans in Kasane and unpack the realities behind the predicted Maun growth explosion. We then distinguish between short and long-term opportunities available for patient investors and take a first look at Kasangele and the opportunities for yield in this developing area.


One of the hottest topics in African real estate investment circles. Despite overwhelming demand, Botswana is one of a handful of markets with the security, liquidity
and stability that can effectively execute on these transformative projects. We unpack the $37 Million Tsholefolo project and provide first heard insights on the opportunities in affordable housing by the continent’s subject matter experts, the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF).


Home to one of Africa’s most progressive marketplaces, Botswana’s pension fund sector has the opportunity create a new standard in African funded development
and innovation. This session will identify what local pension and asset fund managers consider appropriate investment opportunities and where they looking to go


Retail investment in Africa keeps expanding, but can it develop more in Botswana, one of the continent’s most sophisticated retail markets. These sessions covered by
African retail experts, will provide the first deep-dive forensic analysis of the Botswana market in comparison to its regional competitors, and the impacts of regional SA retailers on the market.