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Poverty Eradication Committee share experiances with Indian ...
21/06/12

(New Delhi) Members of the Cabinet Sub-Committee for Poverty Eradication are in India this week to expand and explore partnerships and share experiances.The delegation, led by the Committee's Chairperson, the Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, the Honourable Mokgwetsi Masisi, also includes  the Honourable Keletso Rakhudu, Assistant Minister of Education & Skills Development and the Honourable Botlogile Tshireletso, Assistant Minister of Local Government, along with senior officials.
 
The delegation is currently in the Indian capital New Delhi, where they began their visit on Monday with meetings with the Federal Ministers of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, the Honourable Kumari Selja and Rural Development, the Honourable Shri Jairam Ramesh, as well as Indian officials.
 
During the  bilateral discussions there was common recogntion that poverty eradication called for a holistic approach  that incorporated a range of interventions to address specific challenges in given areas. In this respect the Botswana delegation was impressed by India's experiance in developing diverse strategies to confront urban and rural poverty, as well as women and youth empowerment through small, medium and micro eneterprises coupled with vocational training and self-help housing initiatives.
 
It was further revealed that India has developed a 100 day basic employment programme similar to the Ipelegeng initiative to cater for the otherwise unemployed.
 
Indentified areas of potential collaboration with India include the adaption and roll out of cost effective appropriate technologies to grow small scale businesses, skills transferes, e-government and ICT solutions and monitoring systems.
 
While in New Delhi members of the delegation will also visit  the Ministiries of Commerce and Industry, Informations and Broadcasting and External Affairs along with the National Small Industries Corporation, before proceeding to Hydrabad, where they will be making field visits to various rural development projects. They will also meet with the Indian Development Foundation in Mumbai.

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