Botswana’s Vice President Slumber Tsogwane visits Mwale City in Butere
Botswana’s Vice President Slumber Tsogwane on Monday visited Mwale Medical and Technology City (MMTC) in Butere, Kakamega County on a benchmarking tour.
Tsogwane was accompanied by Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Cooperatives and Enterprise Development Simon Chelugui.
Mwale Medical and Technology City in statement said Tsogwane and his delegation was on a benchmarking tour of the facility.
The visiting Vice President was accompanied by several top government officials from the two countries, including Botswana’s Foreign Minister Lemogang Kwape.
The visits comes after Julius Mwale, the founder of Mwale Medical and Technology City, met President Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi of Botswana and discussed the expansion of Hamptons Hospital to the South African country.
During the discussions, President Masisi identified medical tourism as one of the prospective areas of collaboration with the MMTC-based Hamptons Hospital.
MMTC team in April attended Forbes 30 under 30 summit in Gaborone, Botswana where President Masisi and Mr Mwale delivered keynote speeches.
MMTC’s model of integrated smart city development where the community is not displaced is expanding across Africa and will be expanded to Botswana.
Forbes profile of Mwale on the summit’s website outlines his success as an industrial entrepreneur and investor with vast experience of more than 20 years in innovative investments in technology, energy, health, retail, and construction industries.
Mwale was named by the US publication Axios last month as one of the key investors in Forbes. He was reported to be investing billions of shillings with other global billionaires in acquiring Forbes at Sh109billion. Forbes is an American media giant with 150 million users worldwide.
The Monday visit followed a benchmarking tour last month by a delegation from the Finance Ministry of Botswana at MMTC.
Mwale invested and mobilized more than $2 billion to build the new city with a 100 per cent green concept.
In his keynote speech at the Forbes Under 30 Summit Africa, Mwale emphasized the need for job creation and poverty reduction in Africa.
“In 20 years, Africa is going to have about a quarter of the global population, and we see ourselves being able to move about 800 million people on the continent out of poverty by creating jobs,” he said.
He also pointed out the opportunities available in Africa brought about by the Africa Free Trade Agreement, which has three phases of implementation: trade and goods, intellectual property (IP) , investment and competition, where Africa has expertise, and e-commerce.
This, he said, will lead to Africa becoming a leading continent in the world in terms of population, development, and growth by 2043.
Mwale City is centered around Hamptons hospital which opened in 2019 and treats Kenyans and medical tourists. Kakamega County residents with NHIF are treated without paying extra co-payment charges.