The Mandate of BITRI is to identify and/ or develop appropriate technology solutions in line with national priorities and needs of Batswana. The technologies will as much as possible maximize the use of local materials to ensure efficiency and affordability. BITRI will harness its institutional capacity as well as collaborate with other organizations and institutions. BITRI is situated at Maranyane House in Gaborone, Botswana. It has another campus in Gaborone, Kanye as well as Palapye.

The Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) is a parastatal under the Ministry of Infrastructure Science and Technology, established in 2012 through an Act of Parliament, to conduct needs-based research and development in focused areas in accordance with national priorities.