FMCE Africa, supported by our collaborative partners Botswana Facilities Management Association (BOFMA), REIB, AfricaFM and EuroFM, are delighted to announce the Botswana FM conference. A hybrid event, it which will be hosted at Masa Protea Hotel in Gaborone on 8 and 9 September 2022. The theme of the conference is “Transforming Towards a Greener FM.”
The conference will include physical site visits subject to availability to a 5-star green-rated facility by Time Projects and an Innovation Hub building in the city of Gaborone (with limited availability). The conference is poised to be thought provoking, engaging and a place for networking and business creation. Delegates can expect presentations and discussion points around the following sub-themes:
- FM Sustainability Opportunities;
- Bespoke Green Buildings
- Data centres and Technology;
- Workplace Safety Wellness and Hygiene;
- Adopting FM ISO 41012 Standard – Strategic Sourcing and Development of Agreements;
- Importance of Ethics Compliance and Professionalism;
- FM Training and Development Opportunities, Mentorship and Apprenticeship; and
- FM business opportunities.
FMCE Africa is a facilities management conference and exhibition, consultancy and training company registered in Botswana, Kenya and the United Kingdom. FMCE hosts conference events, bringing together FM expert speakers, product developers and service providers on a single platform to raise the profile of FM across Botswana, Africa and internationally.
Its mandate is to promote knowledge exchange, advocacy in professionalising the FM industry, adoption of the ISO 41000 suite of standards, sustainable FM delivery, workplace optimisation, networking, training and development.
It has been promoting the profession since 2019 when it hosted the first successful physical FMCE conference in Gaborone. The conference attracted speakers from around Africa and was supported by the South African FM Association, the Real Estate Institute of Botswana, the Architects Association of Botswana, Khumo Property Management Ltd and Business Botswana, with delegates from the public and private sectors.
In 2020, FMCE hosted the first international virtual event aimed at raising the profile of FM in Africa under the Theme “Working Together to Accelerate Adoption of Facilities Management Across the Continent.” Through the online conference, FMCE Africa used the opportunity to bring together larger FM communities across the continent and beyond.
The speaker line-up at the 2020/21 conference included: Chair of EuroFM, EuroFM Group Chair for Education, Director of International Facilities Management Association for Europe, Middle East and Africa (IFMA), Global Head of FM Royal Institute Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Global Property Standards Director (RICS), Chair of Global FM, Former Chair of South African Facilities Management Association, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Construction Economics and Management at Cape Town University and Post- Grad Supervisor – Strategic Asset and Facilities Management at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Associate Professor from the University of Lagos, among many distinguished guests speakers.
FM Value Proposition
The role of the FM professional can be succinctly summarised as the creation of an environment where users of buildings are safe, comfortable and productive.
The FMCE conferences, aim to position the business communities, investors, multinational and public sector organisations to start, if not already on the journey, to recognising and appreciating that strong FM governance practices are a key enabler for:
- Improving reputational management, including sustainability;
- Deriving maximum value from operational expenditure;
- Mitigating risk to people, property, and ensuring operational excellence;
- Integration of technology to improve service delivery and have data banks to support strategic and operational decision making;
- Maximising return on investment through strategic integration of sustainable FM for end-to-end property development decisions. (including considerations of new commercial development and retrofits of existing stocks to bring in efficiencies);
- Aiming towards healthy and thriving workplaces;
- Planning for future FM generations though structured training and development;
- Planning for infrastructure that supports sustainable connectivity and adaptability for the involving workplace; as well as
- A framework that supports adoption of a best practice for business support and implementation of good governance, compliance and policy.
Global FM projects facilities management to be a $1.2 trillion US dollar industry universally whilst Environmental Social Governance (ESG) is projected to account for one third of AUM (assets under management) by 2025, which is approximately $53 trillion of the world’s $140.5 trillion in total assets. A recent white paper by GTmHub stated that acceleration of Environmental Social (Corporate) Governance is rapidly transitioning from a separate initiative for corporations to undertake to a centrepiece of a company’s core strategy, with evidence supporting that companies with a sound ESG strategy tend to perform better in the long term than those who don’t.
The 2022 conference will host the Chair of AfricaFM from Egypt, the EuroFM Ambassador from Thailand, the Chair of Botswana Facilities Management Association, local FM experts including Business Botswana RDC and REIB, the Chair of South African FM Association, guest speakers from Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria, the UK, South Africa, and Kenya, and the Chair of Africa Cleaning Association.
FMCE pledges to donate 5 percent of the conference net profits to BOFMA and REIB to grow the local FM profession.