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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)

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.” See our growing Delegate List.

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.

Download our online brochure and agenda for full details


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
15:00-15:30 New Members Meet 09:30-17:00 1-2-1 Meetings 09:30-17:00 1-2-1 Meetings
15:30-22.00 Game Drive & Bush Braai 19:30-22:30 Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony 19:30-22:30 Farewell Dinner at Boma


During our event, we will be showing 4 short infovideos, produced especially for PCN by industry expert Marco J. van Daal. The first video is a thought-provoking case study of the installation of a huge floating granite sphere. The challenge was finding the best solution to lift a 15 ton round ball without touching the bottom. How would you do it? Don’t miss this video session to see if you were right! The second video reveals the most common mistake when executing a project, so obvious yet so underestimated that even NASA made the mistake resulting in a 5-year investigation. Watch this video and we will help save you time and money. The third video is an exciting case study where tandem lift operators could not see each other and at a certain point, could not see the 30-ton silo cargo either – operating blind solely on the instructions given by radio. Not to be missed! The fourth video covers the important topic of skidding and addresses the various systems, what they consist of, what to look out for and what the latest trends are.


Mr Ian Treder, Logistics Director at OMA Group (read more) will be giving a presentation during our Opening Session regarding the challenges and benefits of working in Africa. Ian has over 30 years’ experience in the shipping and logistics industry and is currently involved in business development, port activities and inland transportation in Africa for the OMA Group, predominately focused on West Africa. As Logistics Director, Ian oversees the development of complex logistics solutions, cross culture relationship building, international management, ship agency and network coordination.


We have arranged a fantastic start to our event with a change from our usual schedule. We will meet at 15:30 on Sunday and travel by coach to Mokolodi Game Reserve. We will enjoy a one hour game drive in a safari vehicle, followed by a Bush Braai consisting of marinated steak, chicken, boerewors, vegetable lasagne, fresh homemade garlic bread, roast butternut, salad, chakalaka, desserts and finished off with coffee around an open fire. An extra special treat will be a performance by the Mafitlhakgosi Traditional Dancers. The evening ends with a slow night drive back to the front gate and then return to the hotel via coach.


All delegates gain access to our online Event Web App, 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.


The PCN Award Ceremony provides the perfect opportunity for our guests to network with industry professionals and to celebrate the outstanding companies who raise standards and share their best practices. New for 2019! PCN have created a new framework of awards to better represent and support the achievements of our membership. There is a two-stage judging process consisting of an initial shortlisting by the PCN President, followed by a final judging panel. Please click here for the award categories and entry forms.


We will enjoy a spectacular finale to our special event on Tuesday evening 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.


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.


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.


The Grand Palm offers complimentary airport transfer from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) which is just 12km from the hotel. There are 4 airlines flying to and from Gaborone: Air Botswana, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Namibia and South African Airways. Please check Skyscanner or Expedia for flight options.


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. See Rachel’s video from Chobe National Park.


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.


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. Please note that we have made arrangements with the Botswana High Commission in London to gain assistance with visa applications for those with no Botswana Embassy in their country. Please email us for details.


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:

  • Bush Braai Dinner at Mokolodi Nature Reserve (Sun)
  • Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony (Mon)
  • Group Dinner at The Boma (Tue)
  • Meeting Room Hire including AV Equipment (Mon & Tue)
  • Buffet Lunch including 1 soft drink, coffee and tea (Mon & Tue)
  • Conference Bag & Administration
  • Access to Event Web App
  • 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 Game Drive & Bush Braai (Sunday), Gala Dinner (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.