In continued efforts to uplift communities and advance the socio-economic development and growth of the Nation, The Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL) Group will host the second edition of the Global Financial Summit on the 5th of November 2019. The highly anticipated Summit will be held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC).

This year, the Summit will be held under the umbrella theme “The Role of Financial Institutions in Building an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy.” The theme was chosen with a view towards driving collaborative efforts for the long-term success and impact-ability of the financial services sector in shaping the wider socio-economic wellbeing of Botswana.


The BIHL Group CEO, Catherine Lesetedi, said: “As The BIHL Group, we remain cognisant of the role we play in socio-economic development, growing our sector and engineering the legacies of our people. Through this Summit, we converge both the public and private financial sector, gathering not only local but industry leaders and thinkers across the African continent.  After a successful inaugural Summit in 2018, we believe this is a platform that truly stands to wield great impact as an opportunity for dialogue from key minds and leaders which is then translated into meaningful and substantive action for growth and prosperity in our sector and across Botswana.”

The selection of speakers comprises veteran and seasoned experts in the financial services industry on both a local and continental scale. Speakers include:


  • Justice Key O. Dingake, Supreme & National Court Justice, (Papua New Guinea) 
  • ‘The Role of Legislation in Diversifying the Financial Sector’
  • Cheslyn Jacobs, Head of Sales & Service, Tyme Bank (South Africa)
  • ‘The Tyme Bank Story in A Digital Age’
  • Moatlhodi Sebabole, Chief Economist, First National Bank Botswana, (Botswana)
  • How to Build an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy
  • Rapelang Rabana, Founder of Rekindle Learning, (Botswana)
  • ‘Building A Thriving Startup and Business Sector to Achieve Inclusive Economic Growth’
  • Anthony Masunga, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited Managing Director, (Botswana)
    • Mobile Money and Inclusion


200 industry professionals, SMEs and youth are expected to attend the event this year. With a view towards being as inclusive as possible themselves through this platform, The BIHL Group organisers have ringfenced tickets for 60 SMMEs and 40 young Batswana with a background in finance or studying a finance-based course. Eligible members of the public who fit this criteria stand a chance to attend the Global Financial Summit by emailing their details to

Concluded Lesetedi, “Just as we have a great deal in Botswana to teach others in the region, we also stand to learn a lot from others and what is being done in their markets. Thus, our chosen speakers and indeed audience, have been carefully selected to align with the theme. As The BIHL Group and on behalf of our subsidiaries – Botswana Life, Bifm, BIC and Legal Guard - we leverage the Strength in Numbers of our industry and our people to help drive true economic change and development, on par with global standards for our Nation. We look forward to meaningful conversation and debate, and a 2019 Summit that wields great learning potential.”


For more information, interested participants can call 370 7400 or visit the BIHL Group Facebook page.