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Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology (MIST)
IKS for Economic Diversification
19/05/11
As society or community leaders, Dikgosi play an important role in the aim to protect, nurture and preserve indigenous knowledge.

As society or community leaders, Dikgosi play an important role in the aim to protect, nurture and preserve indigenous knowledge. This was said by the chairman of the Ntlo Ya Dikgosi Kgosikgolo Puso Gaborone II of the Batlokwa when welcoming guests at an indigenous knowledge systems workshop organized for the members of the Ntlo Ya Dikgosi on the 9th May 2011 at the Parliamentary Village boardroom in Gaborone.

This one day workshop was organized by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology in collaboration with the University of Botswana Centre for Scientific Research Indigenous Knowledge and Innovation (CESRIKI) with an objective to brief the Dikgosi about the Ministry’s initiative of developing the Indigenous Knowledge System Policy through the Department of Research, Science and Technology. Kgosi Gaborone further revealed that they had previous briefing on the subject with the University of Botswana representatives and that “the workshop will solidify our knowledge on the project”.

Introducing the project, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Carter Morupisi said the objectives of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Policy development is to identify, document and appraise local common and district knowledge practices. “The objective is also to develop mechanisms for protection, utilization, benefit sharing and documentation of indigenous knowledge system”, Mr. Morupisi said.

The development of the IKS Policy is expected come up with a strategy for implementation and monitoring of the indigenous knowledge. It will also help in identifying areas of political scientific research and promote the beneficiation of indigenous knowledge to contribute towards economic diversification.

When commenting on the presentations made, the members of the Ntlo Ya Dikgosi urged the Ministry to take into consideration the originators of the traditional knowledge especially when it comes to areas of acknowledgement and compensation. They also asked the Ministry to safe guard against duplication of efforts to which the MIST team responded that they have embarked on an institutional review to determine and bring on board any institution that has the duties such as the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture with their culture preservation initiatives.

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