Botswana to cut red tape
Botswana’s President has invited stakeholders to identify unnecessary bureaucracy in the way of business development.
President, Seretse Khama Ian Khama told the 32nd Meeting of the High Level Consultative Council that Botswana’s position in the World Bank Doing Business rankings was stagnant.
He noted that a Cabinet Committee led by the Minister of Trade and Industry had been tasked with coming up with strategies for addressing the improvement Botswana’s business environment in order to improve the country’s competitiveness and create among others, new economic opportunities.
He said: “I wish to eliminate any unnecessary and unwarranted bureaucracy and red tape on the part of Government which may detract from a conducive business environment and also inconvenience those who have the legitimate right to expect efficient service delivery from Government.”
“I therefore invite BOCCIM and the private sector and civil society to identify unwarranted bureaucracy and inconsistent application of regulations which only serve to increase the cost of doing business and frustrate the individual without any meaningful value add to the process. I request BOCCIM to engage with each Ministry, at the next round of Ministerial HLCC meetings, and identify such hurdles for appropriate action.
“I would also wish to have this process extended to our very own local "Doing Business"ranking of ministries, as regards efficient service delivery at one end of the scale and unwarranted bureaucracy at the other end of the scale.”
The President said he wished to receive reports on areas for improvement as soon as possible, so that regulatory reform and other appropriate action could be instituted.