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BALA appreciates contribution and reflects
06/09/16
BALA appreciates contribution and reflects The Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA) National Assembly members convened in Gaborone this week to reflect on the 50 years of Democratic Developmental Local Government. This was also a time to appreciate where BALA come from as an association and to also chart a way forward in her development pursuit.

BALA appreciates contribution and reflects

The Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA) National Assembly members convened in Gaborone this week to reflect on the 50 years of Democratic Developmental Local Government. This was also a time to appreciate where BALA come from as an association and to also chart a way forward in her development pursuit.

BALA President, also the Chairman for CLGF Board Hon. Councilor Rev. Mpho Moruakgomo acknowledged the presence of all stakeholders, and that the event is not only meant to celebrate what BALA has achieved but also to look back and introspect. Moruakgomo advised the National Assembly that to move ahead with times and to plan their next strategy there is need to revisit the world adopted ambition of the fifteen year 5P Global Development Agenda which was adopted a year ago for sustainable development goals.

He said through this agenda which amplifies a world’s collective resolve to take bold and transformative steps needed to shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path, people will be assured the opportunity to better their lives. He advised members of the Assembly to remember and appreciate the foresight and selfless sacrifices of those who laid the foundation of this great democracy and independence, saying their vision has greatly transformed Botswana over the past fifty years. “Let us find new, innovative and creative ways to respond to whatever challenges the future may bring so as to ensure they are never found wanting in taking the country to new and hitherto unforeseen heights.

As Local Authorities are the structures closest to the people, and serving the face of the government they were advised to become critical in the way they organize themselves and run their affairs. This was said by Acting President of Botswana, Hon. Mokgweetsi Masisi when giving the key note address. He stressed that since Local Government serve to build capacity among Batswana throughout the country to withstand shock and predicaments that emerge from time to time, it is only be imperative that the BALA National Assembly explore ways in which they can achieve this important milestone and develop some practical strategies of achieving it.

For BALA, its members to remain relevant, it is essential that they are responsive to new and emerging development challenges that face Batswana. The Vice President appreciated the post 2015 Global Development Agenda which he says recognizes the role that Local Authorities ought to play in order for nations to achieve the 17 sustainable Development Goals. As the coordinator of ESP Hon. Masisi urged local authorities to ensure opportunities created through the multiplier effects of ESP projects are exploited by local communities though information sharing and monitoring EDD compliance.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Slumber Tsogwane reminded the delegates and guests that the convening of the Assembly is purpose driven. We have come together to discuss policy issues of national interest aimed at improving the lives of Batswana therefore advised all to develop a passion for the country’s democratic heritage. He advised the Assembly to reflect on democracy and recommend ways in which this legacy can be defended and passed onto the next generation.

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