Mbaakanyi, new Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) president

source: BOPA
29 June, 2007

GABORONE – Mr Modiri Mbaakanyi, a local businessman in the construction field, is the new president of Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM).

Mr Mbaakanyi is taking over from Mr Iqbal Ebrahim who had been BOCCIM president for four years.

He was elected the organisations chief after Barclays Bank managing director Mr Thuli Johnson who was initially nominated for presidency withdrew and contested for vice presidency.

Mr Johnson took over the vice presidencys post after his opponent Mr Len Makwinja pulled out from the race, citing personal reasons. The post had been held by Mr Mbaakanyi during the past year.

Speaking after the election, Mr Ebrahim warned his successor that it was a challenging and thankless job that attracts unfair accusations from all walks of life.

Mr Ebrahim advised Mr Mbaakanyi not to take it personally as long as he had a vision and confident of what he did.

He said BOCCIM presently had many young people unlike in the past, and this showed that the organisation was growing in the right direction and that the youth were now interested.

For his part, Mr Mbaakanyi said he had seen the organisation being born and transformed from Botswana Employers Federation to BOCCIM at one stage as the executive director.

Mr Mbaakanyi said he was delighted because he would be working with a team of knowledgeable and experienced businessmen and women who represented various sectors of the industry in the BOCCIM council.

He said under his leadership BOCCIM should pursue its mandate of advocacy by observing the [continue reading]

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