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2019 Annual Summit in Botswana

2019 Annual Summit in Botswana
2019 Annual Summit in Botswana

We are excited to announce that our 9th Annual Summit will take place from 17-19 November 2019 at Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) at The Grand Palm Resort in Botswana.

Register here (strict deadline 31 October 2019)

PLUS! To celebrate what promises to be our most exciting annual gathering to date, we are offering a 15% Earlybird Discount.

Earlybird discount is valid if fully paid before 31 May 2019 for up to 4 delegates per company (excluding Spouse Fee which remains the same at £160).

Download our online brochure for full details

Susan Oatway, Senior Analyst at Drewry says “The project cargo market has a number of drivers, from power generation to construction through to mining. Whilst the Americas is busy at the moment with renewable energy projects and Asia is dominated by China’s One Belt One Road construction projects, Africa has a project spread that is the envy of other regions.

From Solar and Wind power to LNG trains, from new road networks to affordable housing projects, from Potash to Uranium mines, Africa is the shining light for the project market. While it is true that not every project will need cargo imported, there is still enough development here to promote a significant shift in demand to this region.”

We want to provide the opportunity for PCN Members to understand, explore and secure business in this expanding marketplace and have an exciting schedule planned with a Game Drive and Bush Braai Dinner at Mokolodi Nature Reserve and a grand finale at a wonderful outdoor setting adjacent to a picturesque lake where a feast will be enjoyed whilst seated around a blazing bonfire under the African sky.

OVERVIEW

Botswana is considered one of the safest and most stable countries in Africa. Botswana has a small population of 2.2 million; however, it has the potential to leverage its position in the region to serve as a gateway to the southern African market. Botswana is a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a regional intergovernmental organization of fifteen African states. The SADC Trade Protocol provides each member state special treatment on import and export duties.

SUN 17 NOV 2019 MON 18 NOV 2019 TUE 19 NOV 2019
18:00-19:00 Welcome Reception 09:30-16:00 1-2-1 Meetings 09:30-17:00 1-2-1 Meetings
19:00-22.00 Gala Dinner 17:00-22:00 Mokolodi Reserve 19:00-22:00 Dinner at Boma

WELCOME RECEPTION & GALA DINNER

Our first chance to meet will be on Sunday evening when we will gather to collect name badges, meet fellow delegates and enjoy a welcome drink before settling down for a spectacular Gala Dinner when we will be entertained by a traditional African band and dancers.

OFFICIAL MEETING

We look forward to announcing special guests for our Opening Session – watch this space! Plus… all delegates gain access to our online Meeting Manager system, so that private 20-minute business meetings can be arranged prior to arrival. During these important sessions, delegates can discuss current business, exchange information and investigate possible collaborations together. These crucial meetings also provide an opportunity to review current and upcoming government and private projects in the manufacturing, oil and gas, infrastructure, construction, power and energy sectors among others.

BUSH BRAAI DINNER AT MOKOLODI NATURE RESERVE

We will start with welcome drinks at the Mokolodi Game Reserve Reception and then enjoy a one-hour game drive in a safari vehicle, followed by a Bush Braai consisting of marinated steak, chicken, boerewors, vegetarian sausages, vegetable lasagne, fresh homemade garlic bread, roast butternut, coleslaw, salad, chakalaka, desserts and finished off with coffee around an open fire. An extra special treat will be an added element of traditional Botswana fair with Ditshwene Traditional Dancers. The evening ends with a slow night drive back to the front gate and then return to the hotel via coach.

TUESDAY GROUP DINNER AT THE BOMA

We will enjoy a spectacular finale to our special event with an exclusive group dinner at The Boma… a wonderful outdoor setting adjacent to a picturesque lake where a feast will be enjoyed whilst seated around a blazing bonfire under the African sky.

HOTEL & RESTAURANT

The Grand Palm Hotel Casino and Convention Resort contains two Peermont hotels with the following room rates:

  • Metcourt Inn Room Rates: Approx: BWP 1331.00 (USD 138) inc. Breakfast + Tourism Levy 10.00
  • Walmont Hotel Room Rates: Approx. BWP 3070.00 (USD 318) inc. Breakfast + Tourism Levy 10.00

The resort contains 4 restaurants; the Mokolwane Bistro, The Beef Baron Grill & Rib Room, Bai Sheng Asian Cuisine and FLAG Café. Additionally, the Fig Tree serves a selection of light meals and cocktails and is situated next to the hotel’s Olympic size pool. The Kalahari Bar has both non-smoking and smoking areas overlooking the lush gardens and offers a light snack menu, various cocktails and showcases live entertainment.

FUNDRAISING

PCN recognises the importance of actively contributing to charitable causes and that a small effort from each Member can make a big impact to those in need. The PCN Foundation has raised over US $30,000 since it began (read more). During registration for our event, we are raising funds for Sentebale, a charity founded in 2006 by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso, to support children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa. Please click here for details.

GETTING THERE

To avoid connecting flights, we are organising a private coach transfer option from Johannesburg Airport (JNB) at 10:00 on Sunday 17 November so that we can travel together to Gaborone whilst taking in the sights on the 4/5 hour journey. The cost is GBP 80 per person both ways including air conditioning, fridge, on-board toilet, reclining seats, undercarriage luggage storage compartment. The coach returns on Wednesday 20 November with a 10:00 departure from our hotel. Spaces are limited so early booking is essential.

Additionally, if you would rather take a connecting flight to Gaborone, the Grand Palm offers PCN Members complimentary airport transfer from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) which is just 12km from the hotel. There are direct flights to Botswana from OR Tambo International Airport (JNB), Johannesburg and Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Please check Skyscanner or Expedia for flight options.

BOTSWANA WILDLIFE

Botswana has an abundance of big African animals such as the elephant, giraffe, hippo, buffalo and zebra. Wild cats aren’t as prevalent, but there are still plenty of lions to spot. The rhino is also making a comeback. If you’re keen on seeing rarer animals, you can find endangered antelopes and African wild dogs in some of the country’s northern parks, whose water sources are more reliable than those of parks in the south.

WEATHER

November is a wonderful time to visit Gaborone as the weather is hot and reasonably dry. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 32°C (89°F), whilst at night 18°C (64°F) is normal. On average November has around 2.7 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 9 days, although this may vary considerably. On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 9.3 hours of sunshine per day. See Forecast.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A passport valid for at least six months and a return ticket is required for all foreign visitors. Citizens from most nationalities do not require a visa and can obtain get a 30-day entry permit on arrival. Entry requirements can change, so please refer to your local Botswana Embassy.

REGISTRATION

We aim to include as much in the Registration Fee as possible to keep each delegate's expenses to an absolute minimum. This year the fee of GB £650 per delegate includes all the following:

  • Welcome Reception & Gala Dinner (Sun)
  • Meeting Room Hire including AV Equipment (Mon & Tue)
  • Buffet Lunch including 1 natural juice, coffee and tea (Mon & Tue)
  • Bush Braai Dinner at Mokolodi Nature Reserve (Mon)
  • Group Dinner at The Boma (Tue)
  • Conference Bag & Administration
  • Access to Meeting Manager System
  • Event Photography

Delegates must be fully employed by a PCN Member either on a full or part-time basis and not employed by any other company. Breach of this condition will result in the immediate cancellation of attendance with no refund. Only fully paid registered delegates with conference lanyards are permitted to enter the meeting room.

The Spouse Fee of GB £160 only includes Gala Dinner (Sunday), Game Drive & Bush Braai (Monday) and Dinner at Boma (Tuesday). Please note that if your spouse intends to join you for lunch please arrange with the hotel directly in order to avoid any confusion or embarrassment.

REGISTRATION FORM