Use opportunities to build profitable ventures - Tsogwane.
Vice President Slumber Tsogwane has advised Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) graduates to utilise available opportunities to build worthwhile ventures that could help diversify the economy.
Speaking at the institution's fifth graduation ceremony in Gaborone recently, he said government thrived in facilitating economic growth through enabling policies that provided Batswana with multiple economic opportunities.
Mr Tsogwane told the 115 graduates that government had long established institutions and policies for the development of the private sector.
He encouraged them to access any of the numerous financial and technical support programmes at their disposal such as the Youth Development Fund, CEDA and LEA.
Mr Tsogwane said the theme of the ceremony, 'Empowering the Nation Through Transformational Business Education for Employment Creation and Self-Sustainability', captured government's heartbeat in its endeavour to address issues of unemployment and economic diversification.
Pointing out that some of the country's greatest achievements since independence had been in the educational sector, Mr Tsogwane said education would continue to be the most potent tool for addressing national priorities.
He said it was imperative for industry and educational institutions to have a symbiotic relationship which required both parties to understand national priorities that informed development policies.
The vice president told the 115 graduates that they might experience difficulties and challenges after graduation and encouraged them to soldier on and put in practice what they had learnt to make a living.
For her part, MANCOSA Botswana principal Ms Patricia Tabengwa applauded the graduands for displaying the necessary commitment to learn, acquire and produce knowledge.
Ms Tabengwa further encouraged them to apply the knowledge in growing the country's economy and be the champions of the knowledge-based society that Botswana aspired to be.
She said graduation meant the beginning of a new life explaining that they had begun the exploratory and intriguing journey of knowledge acquisition and lifelong learning.
Their achievement, she said, was a testimony of their dedication, commitment and hard work and encouraged them to keep on working hard.
The graduates were awarded degrees and certificates in different fields including Information Technology, Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Supply Chain Management, Post-graduate Diploma in Business Management and Masters of Business Administration.