Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) Limited this week welcomed two Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF) in the local market, in a historic move that highlighted the BSE’s attractiveness as a platform for lucrative international investment vehicles and wealth generation products.
Cloud Atlas Limited, Africa focused investment company listed two (2) Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) on the Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) on 8 September 2021. The two ETFs are Cloud Atlas S&P Africa Sovereign Bond Fixed Income and Cloud Atlas AMI Big50 ex- South Africa.
The Cloud Atlas S & P Africa Sovereign Bond Fixed Income offers investors access to listed African Hard Currency Bonds by tracking an index developed in conjunction with S&P which offers investors a basket of quality credit-rated, high-yielding, and long-dated debt issued by African countries.
The portfolio consists of USD bonds issued by: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, and South Africa, paying on average approximately 6.8% yield per annum in USD. The index is a sub-index of the S&P Africa Hard Currency Sovereign Bond Index with the goal of selecting tradable, high-income securities.
Constituents must have maturity of at least one year from the rebalancing reference date and be rated B- or above from all of S&P Global Ratings (SPGR), Moody’s, and Fitch. The S&P Hard Currency African Sovereign Bond Select Index is comprised of bonds issued by African Sovereign Governments denominated in Euros, Japanese Yen, and U.S. Dollars from the African countries with a credit rating above B-, currently: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, and South Africa.
The other Fund, Cloud Atlas AMI Big50 ex-South Africa offers investors exposure to African equity, except South Africa, and tracks 15 sectors across 14 different countries. The portfolio is designed to reflect a liquid basket of constituents for investors looking for Pan-African exposure without the hassles of deciding what to buy.
It provides investors with the benefit of being exposed to the growth potential of the continent’s stock markets. The portfolio consists of stocks from Botswana, BRVM (Ivory Coast), Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia. The Cloud Atlas Big50 ex-SA ETF is an investment product that invests in the 50 most representative companies across the African continent.
The 50 companies in this ETF track the Cloud Atlas AMI Big50 ex-SA index (beta+), which is an enhanced index designed to maximize sector and country exposure. Commenting on this listing, the Chief Executive Officer of BSE, Thapelo Tsheole said, “I am overwhelmed by the resounding and positive response to our market by issuers especially now when markets are still battling recovery.
This goes to show that our efforts to grow the number and diversity of our issuer base is bearing fruit. We welcome the two ETFs from Cloud Atlas Limited and look forward to a dynamic market’.
Speaking at a virtual ceremony on the occasion of the ETFs listing on Thursday, Chief Executive of Cloud Atlas Investing Maurice Madiba said investing in the companies represented by the AMI Big50 ex-SA index, Cloud Atlas provides investors exposure to many African markets by owning shares in the listed companies.
“By owning shares in these companies, we hope to create wealth for the investors and drive overall good governance,” he said. He added that their mission is to create an investment product that trades Africa’s Fortune 50 companies, giving investors exposure to the Blue chips and opportunity companies listed across the continent.
Cloud Atlas Investing (Cloud Atlas RF (Pty) Ltd) is a registered manager of the Cloud Atlas Scheme, a Collective Investment Scheme approved by the Financial Services board of South Africa. Under the Scheme Cloud Atlas Investing is an authorised Exchange Trade Fund Issuer by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Maurice Madiba said his company believes in celebrating and sharing the rich and diverse heritage of Africa in turn making strategic investments in growth and opportunities offered by the continent.
Prices for cereals or staple foods in Botswana and other Southern African countries continue to rise at a slower pace, following trends in the global markets, according to the latest November 2022 Food Price Monitoring and Analysis by Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
Running a digital businessMTN Business Solutions Botswana, popularly known as MTN Business is an Internet Service Provider. We are a subsidiary of MTN Group Limited, a multinational telecommunications Group headquartered in South Africa, which operates in 19 markets across Africa and the Middle East.
More and more, clients are looking for ways to keep their staff productive in a dynamically changing business environment. Whether your people are working from home, the office or abroad, there is a growing recognition that digitising your operations can offer unprecedented commercial value in flexibility, productivity and growth. This new, digital reality means that it is more important than ever to stay agile – if there is anything that can slow a business down, it is being burdened by othatld technology.
Having made substantial investments in fibre technology, high-speed terrestrial and undersea networks and new frequency spectrum across the markets wherein it operates, MTN is perfectly positioned to respond to this shift in the market.
A few years ago, MTN also made the decision to build an IP capable radio network for its mobile services, giving its core network the ability to seamlessly integrate with enterprise IP networks. The mobile towers deliver services to enterprise clients absolutely anywhere it has a network, shortening the last mile and removing complexity and cost.
Now there is increasing demand from clients to connect their remote sites in all areas, including rural and semi- rural. MTN has assisted clients with overcoming this connectivity hurdle, enabling their staff to get the job done wherever they are.
For MTN, the focus has shifted from just being a core telecommunications services provider, towards also becoming a technology solutions provider. The service offering now also includes Unified Communications, Data Hosting and Cloud Solutions, Security-As-A-Service and Managed Network Services. The scope has changed to being client and industry specific, so the requirements and service portfolio vary from one client to the next. The expectation is that a company like MTN must respond to these challenges, helping clients to get business done better as they shift from old to new technologies.
As many businesses continue to grapple with a digitally dynamic world, they face new challenges that have to be solved. This environment will benefit those that are more digitally enabled and agile. It is a brave new world that will favour online over on-site, wireless over wired and fluid over formulaic. Businesses will seek out partners and suppliers that are every bit as flexible and forward-looking as they are.
Ultimately, clients need partners like MTN Business that will invest in infrastructure, deliver the services they require, have market credibility, are financially sound and have a long-term commitment to their market presence.
Botswana Institution Of Engineers (BIE), has last week hosted a gala dinner in which they appreciated engineers who worked tirelessly and with dedication for 10 years from 1983 to steer the BIE to its current status.
The event that was held at the Phakalane Golf Estate had brought together young, experienced and veteran engineers and was held under the theme “Vitalize the dignity and eminence of all professional engineers”.
Explaining the theme, the institution’s treasurer, Thanabalasingam Raveendran said that engineers were looked upon reverentially with respect as the educated but with time it seems to have deteriorated. He indicated that there is a need to change the narrative by all means.
“The BIE exists for the welfare and the betterment of us Botswana engineers, we need to recognize specialised units within our Institution. We Engineers strongly believe in Engineers make it happen” Raveendran said.
He indicated that under the theme they appeal to all engineers to energize, to attain quality of being worthy of honour and respect and to achieve recognized superiority amongst the Society.
Raveendran stated that engineers need to ensure their end product is of good quality satisfying the end users expectations and engineers must be honest in their work.
“Approximately 8000 engineers registered with Engineering Regulatory Board (ERB) are not members of the BIE, engineers need to make every effort to recruit them to BIE” he said.
He alluded that BIE being a society, it currently needs to upgrade itself at par with professional institutions elsewhere like the UK and USA.
He further stated that BIE has to have engineering units of specialised disciplines like Civil/Mechanical/electrical etc
“As President Masisi indicated in his inaugural speech, the young people, who make 60 percent of the population of this country, are the future leaders and therefore investing in them is building the bridge to the future” said Raveendran
Kandima indicated that BIE has a memorandum of Understanding with Engineers Registration Board (ERB), where BIE is a recognised provider of CPD training, mentorship programmes and more importantly IPD undertaking to upgrade the skills and know-how of our engineers.
“For us to achieve our mandate and make worthwhile changes to engineering in Botswana, we have to be totally focused and act with intent” said Kandima.
Furthermore, Stephen Williams, past president of the BIE from 1986-1988 told the engineers that the BIE provides a fertile environment where they can meet, share ideas and grow professionally.
“The BIE is also a nesting place for graduate engineers to learn from their peers and seniors, it also cater for engineering technicians and technologists and so nobody in the technology field is left out” he said.
He further indicated that Botswana Government provides a conductive environment for growth of engineering professionals.
“It must be stated that the Botswana Government recognises the existence of BIE and it can further be stated that the government enables ERB to carry out its mandate as a regulator of engineering professionals” said Williams
He plead with engineering companies to recognize and support BIE as it is the only source of engineering personnel’s for various Industries .
Furthermore, when giving his farewell speech, Michael Pinard , a past president of the institution said how they are viewed as engineers by the general public might be due to some lack of appreciation as to exactly what role they play in the development of the country.
“The BIE slogan is aptly coined-Engineers make it happen, in other words, what man dreams engineers create” Said Pinard.