Bots ropes in Harvey to boost arts industry

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Mpho Tebele

Gaborone - As part of its effort to turn around the fortunes of its ailing arts industry, Botswana has roped in the services of American comedian, television host, producer, radio personality, actor and author, Steve Harvey.

According to President Mokgweetsi Masisi, following the American’s expression of interest to promote the creative industry in Botswana, the former invited the latter to Botswana. Harvey arrived in the capital Gaborone on August and will stay for 10 days. He is expected to meet various local artists and share his expertise with them.

Government spokesperson Andrew Sesinyi explained that the decision by President Masisi to invite Harvey was part of the President’s ongoing initiatives to attract world renowned international investors to explore opportunities for the youth of Botswana to participate in business.

Sesinyi said President Masisi had invited Batswana, in particular the youths, to a live town hall networking session featuring Steve Harvey which started from August 21 at the University of Botswana Indoor Arena in Gaborone and is expected to last for more than three days. The event would be watched live on Botswana Television (BTV) at various tourism resorts and major town centres across the country, Sesinyi said.

“The event will allow Batswana to listen, interact and gain access to entrepreneurial opportunities in the country and beyond. Harvey will also be accompanied by a business delegation to explore potential investment and development prospects in Botswana,” said Sesinyi.  Harvey’s visit was a part of Masisi’s initiative of attracting investors with a focus on creating employment for the youth. 

“The engagement has been made possible through collaboration between the government of Botswana and the private sector and the parastatal entities.”

Briefing the media after touring the Mass Media Complex facilities, which houses government media facilities, Harvey noted that the facilities were impressive, but the only problem was that they were underutilised. 

 “I am going to meet a lot of people here and engage with them on how me and my team can help fulfil the President’s initiative. I want to see Batswana utilise their potential in a manner that will benefit the economy of the country,” he said.

Harvey noted that there was no need to start new structures when there were already structures in place waiting to be monetised in order to be fully functional.  

“The purpose of my visit among others is to address the youth and also explore investment opportunities in Botswana.  I am here to work on the vision that the President sold to me,” Harvey said.

The comedian said he was impressed by the vision that the President had for the country as it had the potential to empower the youths in the country. He said he was open to uplift and teach people everything he knows.

 

 

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