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COMMITTE BENCHMARKS IN ASIA
01/08/12
COMMITTE BENCHMARKS IN ASIA Like Botswana, China and India are also still finding innovative ways to tackle the continued existence of poverty. This was said by Hon Mokgweetsi Masisi, Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, when he briefed the media on the 23rd July 2012 at Tlokweng about his Cabinet Sub-Committee on Poverty Eradication recent trip to the India and the China. While on the trip, Hon. Masisi, accompanied by Hon Keletso Rakhudu and Hon. Botlogile Tshireletso were able to benchmark on anti-poverty strategies, programmes and projects. They observed that India and China are the two nations that have in recent years enjoyed the greatest quantitative success in pulling their citizens out of poverty. In each nation the poverty rate has declined, while literally hundreds of millions of individuals have graduated from poverty to dignified lives through sustainable incomes. “While it has been conservatively estimated that not less than 100 million Indians altogether have graduated from poverty to middle class status during the past decade alone, when it comes to potential lessons for Botswana, the Committee focused on gaining a better understanding of the relative success and limits of various targeted interventions that have been undertaken by the state and non-state bodies” Hon. Masisi reported. The delegation also identified areas of potential collaboration, with India, which includes the adaption and roll out of cost effective appropriate technologies to grow small scale businesses, skills transfers, Informatics and ICT solutions and monitoring systems. The visit to India took the Committee to the capital New Delhi and the great metropolis of Mumbai, as well as to rural areas of Hyderabad. In their dialogue with relevant stakeholders in the capital, as well as during site visits elsewhere, there was an emphasis on exploring interventions that had succeeded in addressing the, sometimes divergent, challenges posed by urban and rural, including remote rural poverty. In Hyderabad, the Committee went on field visits to various rural development projects where they were confronted with the human face of poverty first hand, along with various programmes that are having a positive impact in promoting the social and economic upliftment of the impoverished. Underpinning the success of China in its development path, Hon. Masisi reflected that is its people who are highly good natured and have a good work ethic. Owing to this, the spirit of service and support to those that are underprivileged is intrinsic.      

Like Botswana, China and India are also still finding innovative ways to tackle the continued existence of poverty. This was said by Hon Mokgweetsi Masisi, Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, when he briefed the media on the 23rd July 2012 at Tlokweng about his Cabinet Sub-Committee on Poverty Eradication recent trip to the India

Poverty rate has declined

In each nation the poverty rate has declined, while literally hundreds of millions of individuals have graduated from poverty to dignified lives through sustainable incomes.

“While it has been conservatively estimated that not less than 100 million Indians altogether have graduated from poverty to middle class status during the past decade alone, when it comes to potential lessons for Botswana, the Committee focused on gaining a better understanding of the relative success and limits of various targeted interventions that have been undertaken by the state and non-state bodies” Hon. Masisi reported.

Feild visits in Rural Development

In Hyderabad, the Committee went on field visits to various rural development projects where they were confronted with the human face of poverty first hand, along with various programmes that are having a positive impact in promoting the social and economic upliftment of the impoverished. Underpinning the success of China in its development path, Hon. Masisi reflected that is its people who are highly good natured and have a good work ethic. Owing to this, the spirit of service and support to those that are underprivileged is intrinsic.

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