Forum Enhances Foreign Mission

| May 6, 2015

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is mindful of the need to meet with envoys regularly to share ideas and chart a vision to promote interests of the country abroad.

In his welcome remarks at the mission conference, foreign affairs permanent secretary, Mr Caesar Lekoa, said the aim of the conference was to bring together government, the private sector and diplomatic representations, so that they could address the country’s needs.

“These needs will then become the objectives of our missions to fulfil, as we interact with the international community,” he said.

Mr Lekoa called upon the heads of mission to set their agenda with the world so that they could carry with them clear instructions, assignments or objectives to deliver for the next 12 months.

“Such a strategic focus is critical bearing in mind that as a member of the community, Botswana continues to grapple with a myriad of challenges, including those brought about by the 2008 global economic down-turn,” he said.

He highlighted the challenges that persisted at local level, which included unemployment, particularly for the youth, poverty, education, HIVAIDS, of which tackling these challenges remained among the policy priorities of the government during the next five years.

“As you go about formulating strategic plans at your respective missions, do so conscious of these policy priorities that our government has set for itself, and ensure that you align these plans to reflect government priorities,” he said.

Mr Lekoa noted that the ministry was guided in its planning by various government strategies aimed at improving service delivery.

“These include among others, smart work ethic, strategy for employment creation in the country and the ten point agenda, which came as a result of the customer satisfaction survey conducted in 2013,” he said.

The ministry, he added, had continued to engage relevant stakeholders to address issues such as the categorisation of the visa regime taking into account the interest of the country.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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