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Policy to promote good governance, rule of law
21/03/14
Policy to promote good governance, rule of law

Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi says corruption undermines good governance and the rule of law.

Giving a keynote address at a seminar to discuss the frist draft policy on National Anti-Corruption Policy, Minister Masisi explained that once adopted and passed by Parliament for consideration and implementation, the policy would promote good governance, transparency, adherence to the rule of law as well as upholding of national principles.

In this regard, he explained that the development of the National Anti-Corruption Policy for Botswana was not only compelled by adherence to prudent management of public affairs but also an international call to fight a global scourge threatening to undermine the Millennium Development Goals.

Minister Masisi also explained that there had been persisting issues brought about by amongst others, out-dated legal framework that needed review to appropriately deal with the growing complexity of corruption and its players.

“Moreover, remarkable growth of our economy and investment created opportunities for unscrupulous individuals to engage in rent seeking industry and bribery,” he said.

He therefore said the absence of a national collaborative effort rendered DCEC’s best efforts a one man mission against a sophisticated and formidable enemy.

In this regard, the minister said that was why corruption had become a global concern that had plagued the international community and that Botswana had not been spared.

In her welcome remarks, the DCEC director general, Mrs Rose Seretse said the National Anti-Corruption Policy was a key development in the fight against corruption in the country adding the policy represented a commitment by government to good governance and a zero tolerance against corruption.

Mrs Seretse said the policy was in line with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) that compeled each state party in the context of its unique fundamental principles as enshrined in its legal system, to develop anti-corruption policies that promote participation of society and reflect principles of law, proper management of public affairs and public property, integrity, transparency and accountability.

The main objective of the seminar was to gather views of important stakeholders on the draft policy so as to make further improvements with a view on finalisation with particular attention focusing the strengthening of various legal frameworks, improving inter-sectoral collaboration and the implementation of short, medium, and long term strategies, structures and functions of the policy.

Botswana Institute for Development Analysis (BIDPA) was identified as a policy development consultant with funding from UNDP.  ENDS

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