UNDP Chief Hails Botswana

| June 16, 2015

The visiting United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) head, Ms Helen Clark, says there is a lot to learn from Botswana regarding management of resources.

She said this after paying a courtesy call on President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama at Office of President yesterday (June 15).

Ms Clark said Botswana was a leader in good governance and had “a fantastic track record” in managing mineral resources such as diamonds and making sure they were put to good use.

With regard to wildlife conservation, she said, Botswana was a living example in the continent on the fight against wildlife trafficking and illegal wildlife trade.

Ms Clark said she engaged with President Khama on issues regarding the new national vision as the current one ended in 2016 and the new National Development Plan (NDP) 11 moving from NDP 10.

She said Botswana’s NDP 11 came at a time when world leaders were about to agree to the new citizen sustainable development goals, adding that the presidential administration had reached out to UNDP to say they wanted those goals to be part of the vision going forward.

In this regard, the global agenda would be reflected and lined up in the national agenda and the programming for UNDP and United Nations, she added.

She said UNDP looked forward to work alongside Botswana plans of sustainable livelihoods of local people which could be synchronised to local economic development planning. “We look forward to working alongside plans which Botswana has and see how we can add value,” she said.

Ms Clark said she met with the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development and they discussed local economic development plans, saying there was big determination for Botswana to work on sustainable rural livelihoods and poverty eradication. Ms Clark is in Gaborone to attend the four-day conference of the 2015 Commonwealth Local Government Conference.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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