Citizen Empowerment Priority

| January 20, 2015

Government has decided that public procuring entities must buy goods from local companies.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Letsweletau-Mmopane, Mr Vincent Seretse said this when addressing a constituency meeting at Mmopane kgotla recently.

He said goods must be of right quality, quantity and price.

Furthermore, he said it was government’s duty to ensure that local companies were given support so that they could grow and compete in the market.

Mr Seretse, also Minister of Trade and Industry, said although procuring entities indicated that local goods were of low quality, such procuring entities must note that for local companies to produce goods of high quality they must have money to be able to compete.

He said government import bill was too high, adding that the money used on foreign products could be used to strengthen local companies. Minister Seretse further added that economic diversification remained a priority to the government.

He said sectors such as finance, services and construction were growing, something which showed that economic diversification was bearing fruit. Mr Seretse also told his constituents that government was grappling with unemployment especially among the youth.

Hence, he said all government ministries had been instructed to consider how they could address youth unemployment.

During comments, residents complained about access routes in their village, lack of streets lights, crime and the need for a 24-hour clinic. One resident, Ms Monniemang Pheresi said during the night they travelled as far as Mogoditshane and Gaborone for health services.

Kgosi Moarabi Manthe told the MP that they need an office in their village kgotla.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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