Clark Calls for Broadening of Economic Base

| June 16, 2015

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) coordinator, Ms Helen Clark, says there is need for Botswana to broaden its economic base.

Addressing residents of Shorobe in Okavango Sub-district over the weekend (June 13-14), Ms Clark said although Botswana was considered a middle-upper income country, it had high levels of economic disparities with some communities living in poverty.

Ms Clark said there was need to broaden the economic base of Botswana to reduce over dependence on sectors such as tourism. She noted that areas such as Shorobe could maximise options to benefit from tourism as their village was a pathway to Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta.

Ms Clark said there was need to create value chain and to develop people through education as well as quality health services.

Ms Oarabile Ntema of Shorobe said they needed a scheme for unemployed women to undertake projects in their village. She also said women died in large numbers due to cervical and breast cancer and therefore asked for assistance on this regard.

The councillor for Shorobe, Mr Oabile Chombo, said the village trust had about three pieces of land which were not developed due to lack of funds.

Ms Clark was in Shorobe prior to the official opening of a UNDP office in Maun on Sunday for the sustainable land management and sustainable livelihoods project.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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