MEETING OF THE MINISTER OF LABOUR AND HOME AFFAIRS WITH CITF BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Honourable Edwin J. Batshu held a meeting with the members of the Construction Industry Trust Fund (CITF) Board of Trustees on 10 September 2015. The main objective of the meeting was to address pertinent issues relating to the work of CITF as an institution that undertakes construction relatedtraining.
In his welcome remarks, the Chairman of the CITF Board of Trustees, Mr P.T. Ramatsui pointed out some issues that required action by the Ministry as they were negatively impacting of service delivery by CITF. These issues included the need to acquire more facilities in order to expand training, to carry out a tracer study to establish the whereabouts of the CITF trainees and to expedite the merger of CITF and MTTC.
In his address to the Board of Trustees, the Honourable Minister commended the Board members for the job well done in executing the mandate of CITF. He applauded them for their commitment and dedication to their work, which had resulted in the production of quality trainees by the CITF centres as evidenced by the high rate of their absorption by the industry.The Minister urged the Board members to intensify the identification of opportunities for skills development in the proposed Special Economic Zones.
The Honourable Minister shared with the Board the five (5) Government priorities of job creation, poverty eradication, education, health and the fight against corruption. He pointed out that while, undoubtedly,\CITF had made immense contribution to the attainment of these priorities, he expected it to do more. The Honourable Minister concurred with the Board members on the need to expand training for unskilled and semi-skilled Batswana in the construction industry, particularly in view of the high number of applications for work and residence permits for foreign skilled personnel in the industry.
The Honourable Minister concluded his remarks by informing the Board that the Ministry had drafted a Shareholder Compact, which is an agreement entered into by the Ministry and the CITF Board for the purpose of facilitating the monitoring of the performance of CITF by the Ministry. He indicated that once the Board members had made input into the document, it would be signed by the Ministry and Board.