Non-Compliance Worries Ministry

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ministry of Trade and Industry has noted a continued violation and non-compliance to statutes that regulate business operations.

Such lead to a disturbing situation on the business environment across the country. The director of trade and consumer affairs, Mrs Rosinah Bontsi said this recently at a community outreach activity in Kasane.

Chobe District, she said, was no exception. The compliance level for the district, she said, between the period of April 2013 to April 2014 varied from 81 to 92 per cent. “Low compliance level that the Chobe District experienced was in 2013 with 81 per cent,” she said, adding that this is not a bad trend, but it still does not reflect well on businesses.

In the Chobe District, one of the most dominating offences include the sale of liquor before and after stipulated hours as well as trading with expired license or without them at all.

Other common offences they recorded included trading with forged licenses, failure to comply with tax laws, failure to insure employees and failure to obey health and safety standards for both workers and the environment.

In light of this, Ms Bontsi reiterated that the inspection teams would continue to take action against those businesses that commit offenses since one of the responsibilities of her department is to ensure compliance through the inspection of businesses.

“The purpose of these inspections is to check and ensure compliance to all statutes that regulate trade in Botswana such as trade laws, tax laws, employment laws and many others,” she noted.

There were complaints by the community that the department was not visible and that they do not educate business people on their expectations of them, especially regarding licensing.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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