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Minister Motsumi to Brief GCC Tomorrow (16/09/10) at 0900hrs

Tomorrow, Thursday 16th of September, beginning at 0900 hours, the Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, the Hon. Lesego Motsumi, will brief the Gaborone City Council on the "Botswana Excellence Strategy for Economic Diversification and Sustainable Growth".

The interactive meeting will mark a continuation of the Hon. Minister's a month-long public awareness drive that should also see the Minister still consulting with the Sowa, Central, Lobatse, Chobe and Kweneng District Councils.

Further to the above members of the press are reminded that Minister Motsumi will also be briefing the Sowa Township Authority on the strategy on Friday the 17th September. Also at Sowa, on Friday afternoon at 1400, she will be addressing Government workers in the context of the new Public Service Act.

The Strategy for Excellence, which was approved in November 2008, lies at the centre of Government's efforts to create an Enabling Framework for Botswana's transformation into a higher income economy that provides for the wellbeing of all our citizens. It is thus an instrument for the eradication of poverty, as well as promotion of sustainable growth through economic diversification away from its current dependency on diamond mining.

It achieve its lofty goals the Strategy's Enabling Framework incorporates  a wide range of actions and instruments to, among other things, promote effective education and skills development, address bureaucratic inefficiencies,  roll back the culture of entitlement, and improve work ethics, while reinforcing society's commitment to the zero tolerance of corruption.

Recognising that our domestic economy is too small to thrive on its own, the strategy emphasizes the need for Batswana to empower themselves to increasingly take advantage of opportunities to compete in regional and global markets. This calls for an approach to citizen empowerment that places a greater emphasis on private sector wealth creation through individual self-empowerment and collective self-reliance.

Through its implementation of the Strategy, Government further acknowledges  and commits itself to addressing bottlenecks to private sector development, such as obtaining land, licenses and permits, including residence permits that facilitate value added external investment and skills transfer.

While embracing a commitment to increase the private sector's overall share in the economy, the strategy also recognises the imperative for Government to proactively promote new economic activities by, where necessary, kick-starting job creating projects as the lead investor.

To ensure its success, the Strategy for Economic Diversification and Sustainable Growth incorporates outcome based Monitoring and Evaluation procedures. Whereas in the past Monitoring and Evaluation in Government was done more at output rather than result based levels, the Strategy and its Action Plan clearly define expected benefits to be derived from implementation of projects, programs and policies

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