UNDP held an event to share achievements to date, of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s unique flagship business Supplier Development Programme (SDP). The event was held on the 10th October 2019 in Palapye at Majestic Five Hotel. This special event was themed “Supporting Local Production through UNDP’s SDP”. The event also showcased and celebrated the Buyers, Suppliers and SDP Consultants, who were on the SDP in Year 1.

The event is to be held annually as a part of the UNDP-SDP calendar, under the title “Spotlight on SDP”. It is an important gathering to inform the key stakeholders of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Botswana on the strides made within the programme to support local SMEs from various sectors, critical to Botswana’s sustainable economic growth and development. Stakeholders include: government ministries, development partners, parastatals working in investment, trade and industry, international development partners, commercial and development banks and the buyers, suppliers and consultants from the programme.

Following 1 year of successfully implementing the SDP Programme, the Annual Results Sharing Event was an initiative to share the results and impact of the SDP on the Suppliers, Buyers and the overall economic contribution of the programme.

The opening remarks and objectives of the conference were given by the UNDP Resident Representative Jacinta Barrins before a panel of invitees. The guest of honour was the then Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security Mr. Eric Molale, who enthused on the impact the SDP was bringing to the SMME competitiveness in Botswana. The event was graced by various stakeholders and the media fraternity at large. Metrics covered under the shared results of the impact of the programme included the number of jobs created by the Suppliers (SMMEs in the programme), improved uptake of locally produced goods and services by buyers in the programme as well as improved business processes attested to by suppliers (SMMEs), buyers and consultants in the programme.