Botswana: Progress Made On President Khama’s Promises

| February 25, 2016

Gaborone - The minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Eric Molale, says progress has been made on five promises that President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama before the 2014 general elections.

"Evidence is available in the latest state of the nation address and the current budget session where ministries are demonstrating areas of the action to be taken to fulfill the promises made by His Excellency and his ruling party, the Botswana Democratic Party," Mr Molale informed Parliament on Wednesday.

Responding to a question by Francistown South MP Mr Wynter Mmolotsi, the minister highlighted that in terms of job creation, monitoring of the Economic Diversification Drive (EDD) had been tightened to ensure that citizen businesses benefit from associated projects and that the multiplier effect needed for job creation was realised.

Mr Molale stated that government was committed to leveraging on the use of its enormous purchasing power to promote production and consumption of locally manufactured goods, services and agricultural produce.

He said cumulative total purchases amounting to P18.98 billion worth of goods and services had been recorded since inception of EDD in 2010.

He said 1 511 enterprises employing 41 672 people had been issued EDD certificates to date.

"To this end, under the implementation of the Dairy Strategy, the country is realising an increase in the amount of milk being produced," he said.

He added that with regard to implementation of the Leather Strategy, an environmental impact assessment study for the leather park in Lobatse commenced last year. Further, he said implementation of the Private Sector Development Programme was progressing well.

Further, he said government has begun implementation of the Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) to spur economic growth over a period of three years.

"The growth and employment will be achieved through increased government spending on certain economic areas/ sectors which are infrastructure development, manufacturing through the establishment of special economic zones, and re-skilling the youth for employability," Mr Molale stated.

He said government has proposed a budget of P2 billion to be used for different ministries to implement ESP projects for the 2016/17 financial year.

Under poverty eradication, Mr Molale stated that government was coordinating overarching multiple pronged poverty eradication strategy to restore dignity and improve the quality of life of poor citizens. He said the poverty eradication programme has mobilized 108, 954 potential beneficiaries since inception five years ago.

"Out of these 26, 386 were trained and 19, 211 funded to start projects in different categories under the programme. Out of the funded projects 14, 309 are operational which translates into success rate of 74 percent," Mr Molale said.

He also said there are social protection programmes which support a total of 66, 919 beneficiaries.

He said to date the ministry of Agriculture has given 62, 063 small stock to 5, 245 beneficiaries, while 67 farmers have benefited from borehole equipping and reticulation of water.

Mr Mmolotsi had asked the minister to update Parliament on the progress made on five promises made by the President to the citizens before the 2014 general elections.

Source: All Africa

Category: Governance

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