THE HONOURABLE MINITSTER OF LABOUR AND HOME AFFAIRS MR. EDWIN JENAMISO BATSHU MEETS NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS COUNCIL
The Minister of Labour and Home Affairs met the Non-Governmental Organizations’ (NGO) Council at the Ministry headquarters. The NGO Council is constitutional in accordance with the Non Governmental Organisations’ Policy which was launched in April 2013. The policy provides a framework to guide NGOs - Government relations; including among others the institutional and administrative structure and processes for overseeing and facilitating these relations. NGO Council advises government on the implementation of the policy and all other matters including establishing strategic partnerships for resources mobilization and facilitating effective government support of NGO programme. Once implemented; the policy will lead to improved partnerships between government and NGOs and the formulation of strategies and programmes which are more responsive to the needs of the population; particularly the poor and the marginalized.
The minister appreciated progress made on the activities of the Council; since its inception; as elaborated by the council chairperson. He congratulated the council on its achievements despite the challenges faced. The Hon. Minister drew the attention of the council to the priorities set out in the BDP red card. The red card carries a set of priorities which were the subject of general elections campaign, and that the BDP was returned on the basis of the priorities and the election manifesto. The priorities in the red card are as follows; corruption free nation, job creation, citizen economic empowerment, poverty eradication and elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT). He made an appeal that all are expected to rally around these priority areas and to ensure that they are delivered as promised to Batswana. The NGO council is expected to align its activities to the red card. He assured the council that the challenges were teething problems which were expected given that the NGO Council was still at its infancy stage. The minister pledged his commitment and support as the mother ministry to ensure that the council is fully fledged and facilitated to achieve its objectives.