Barclays Bank of Botswana (BBB) was recently awarded a Certificate of Achievement and a trophy by Botswana Vision Council for the notable contribution the bank has made in supporting the country achieve the National Vision 2016 goals.

“This is testimony to the fact that Barclays is Botswana’s development partner, and that we are part of the social fabric of Botswana,” said elated Yodit Molosi, BBB Community Relations Manager.

Molosi said the bank has partnered with government and made significant contribution to various sectors of the economy including education, health, poverty eradication, sports and culture, among others.

Some of the initiatives that Barclays prides itself in, according to Molosi, are the establishment of the first scholarship fund for an outgoing president, Festus G. Mogae in 2008. The fund has benefitted over 30 young Batswana who have received sponsorship to do their Masters Degree programme in various fields

The 2014 National Vision Award Ceremony was graced by former president of Botswana Sir Ketumile Masire and Dr. Gaositwe K.T. Chiepe who is the first woman to hold several ministerial positions before retiring after 25 years of serving Botswana.

Every year the Vision 2016 Council presents excellence awards to individuals, organizations and communities for the contribution that they are making towards attaining the Vision 2016 goals. Barclays was one of four private sector companies to be presented with the award of achievement.

Vision 2016 is Botswana’s long term strategic blue print which seeks to drive its social, economic and political development. Seven key goals have been developed and they are, to have: An Educated and Informed Nation; A prosperous, productive and Innovative Nation; A compassionate, Just and Caring Nation; A safe and secure nation; An open, Democratic and Accountable Nation; A Moral and Tolerant Nation.

The National Vision was developed following extensive consultations with a wide and representative group of individuals, communities and institutions in the country and reflects the aspirations of Batswana about their long-term future.