ESP to Resuscitate Botswana's Construction Sector

The construction industry is one of the sectors that has been badly affected by the economic down turn in the past years and the government had to put many projects at halt.

The sector will, however, soon be resuscitated by the Economic Stimulus Programme in which the government intends to start projects that were shelved due to lack of funds.

Responding to the State-of-the-Nation Address by President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, Serowe South MP, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi said the construction sector was one of the areas that would be used to stimulate the economy given the upcoming accelerated projects, and at the same time creating employment for Batswana.

She said an assessment was made and it was discovered that the construction sector could stimulate the country’s economy.

The MP also noted that the agricultural sector through the ESP would help grow the country’s economy where the programme was expected to stimulate local production through integrated farming.

Meanwhile, Dr Venson-Moito decried the lack of internal roads in Serowe, and pleaded with the minister responsible to consider construction of such so that when the ESP comes more people in that area could venture into taxi business because there would be proper roads.

She was, however, worried that the supervision and implementation of the ESP might be a problem, suggesting that it would be best if those who would be running the programme be present at Parliament during the debates.

On another issue, the Serowe South MP appealed to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to consider improving the conditions of service of dikgosi, noting that dikgosi needed better offices, transport and accommodation among others.