MEWT to Engage Stakeholders on Levy Collection

| May 26, 2015

The Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism is yet to engage other stakeholders in order to assist in the collection of plastic bag levy.

Permanent secretary in the ministry, Mr Elias Magosi said during the ongoing Public Accounts Committee (PAC) session that there had been challenges hence collection aspect had not yet happened as expected since the introduction of the levy in 2007, hence the need for other strategies.

However, Mr Magosi noted that a possible move by government on the issue of plastic bags, might be to ban usage of plastic bags in shops completely as a way of addressing environmental concerns.

He also noted that government might consider a ban on plastic bag usage and come up with an alternative of carrying goods as it was the case in other countries. Mr Magosi was responding to a concern raised by a member of PAC, Mr Shawn Ntlhaile who had wanted an update on strategies in place by MEWT to collect they plastic bag levy as stores continued benefit at the tax payers’ expense.

On the issue of collection challenges, Mr Ntlhaile wanted to know the difficulty in collection on plastic against the successful alcohol levy collection. Thus, he urged MEWT to benchmark from the alcohol levy as far as collection of plastic levy was concerned.

He said the initial objective of the plastic bag levy was to benefit communities not retailers as it was currently the situation. Meanwhile, the money was supposed to go into the National Environment Fund to assist funding of conservation programmes in different communities.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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