Mmegi Online :: AP to engage indigenous Batswana in tourism sector
Banners
Banners
Banners
Banners
Last Updated
Friday 23 February 2018, 16:09 pm.
Banners
AP to engage indigenous Batswana in tourism sector

President of the Alliance for Progressives (AP) Ndaba Gaolathe says there is need for government to expand the tourism hub by increasing participation of indigenous people in the sector.
By Goitsemodimo Kaelo Tue 13 Feb 2018, 16:04 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: AP to engage indigenous Batswana in tourism sector








When responding to the Budget Speech on Monday afternoon, Gaolathe said his party is concerned that the tourism sector is narrowly focused on the Okavango and Chobe or high value, eco-tourism and is concentrated in a few highly capitalised hands. 

“Our objective with this sector therefore is to expand the tourism hub in the Okavango-Chobe-Makgadikgadi triangle, including moving down-market in selected areas to increase penetration; and develop the South East as a regional conference centre,” he said.

He said when his party attains power, they would institute a programme for citizen investment in product development including cultural activities, restaurants, transport, entertainment, and hotel supplies in concentrated areas, including in downtown Kasane, Maun and Gaborone.

He said that the country has created an intricate interdependence of tourism with the education system, via a raft of institutions including Local Enterprises Authority (LEA), specialised schools for cutting, polishing, jewellery creation, downstream/lateral industries and hospitality for skills development.

Moreover, he called for the need to focus on sectors where the country has continuing advantages due to having resources that can only be exploited locally such as minerals, tourism, and agriculture. 

“These largely align with sectors government has identified but has not systematically attended to. We should focus on chasing opportunities that are

Banners

significantly within our control. For example, we will enhance our participation in the diamond value chain and do the same with other minerals where we can do it feasibly at scale,” he added.

He indicated that the diamond and mineral sector have for a long time been narrow, focused on mining and exporting raw minerals with little beneficiation taking place locally. 

Gaolathe maintained that the diamond sector remains opaque and a majority of citizens do not know how to participate in it except if they are employed in it. 

“One of our objectives with this sector is to significantly expand access of citizens to participation in the diamond/mineral value chain and to establish Botswana as one of the top ten diamond trading centres.”

Meanwhile, Gaolathe who is also the Member of Parliament for Gaborone Bonnington South said government should increase wages for public servants by 15% effective immediately to empower the middle class and set on a path for creating a highly productive workforce.

He said wages have remained stagnant for years, resulting in loss of morale in the public service.

He called on government to also put plans in place to set a transparent manner for adjusting salaries based on inflation, performance and exceptional skill.

Banners
Banners
Banners


News
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 17:19 pm
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 17:00 pm
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 16:41 pm
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 16:04 pm
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 15:52 pm
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 15:38 pm
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 15:31 pm
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 15:17 pm
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 15:17 pm
Tue 13 Feb 2018, 15:08 pm
Mon 12 Feb 2018, 17:00 pm
Mon 12 Feb 2018, 09:30 am
Sun 11 Feb 2018, 12:06 pm
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 17:33 pm
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 13:07 pm
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 13:02 pm
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 12:55 pm
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 12:47 pm
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 12:41 pm
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 12:38 pm
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 12:34 pm
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 12:27 pm
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 12:13 pm
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 12:10 pm
Fri 09 Feb 2018, 10:00 am
Banners
Banners
Exchange Rates
FOREIGN EXCHANGE: Friday, 23 Feb 2018
FOREIGN / PULA
PULA / FOREIGN
1 USD = Pula   9.5057
1 GBP = Pula   13.2626
1 EUR = Pula   11.6959
1 YEN = Pula   0.0889
1 ZAR = Pula   0.8142
1 Pula = USD   0.1052
1 Pula = GBP   0.0754
1 Pula = EUR   0.0855
1 Pula = YEN   11.25
1 Pula = ZAR   1.2282
have a story? Send us a Tip
Banners
  • Previous
    Next
    Masa Centre
    ::: Saturday 24 Feb - Saturday 24 Feb :::
  • Previous
    Next
    Riverwalk
    ::: Saturday 24 Feb - Saturday 24 Feb :::
  • Previous
    Next
    Gamecity
    ::: Saturday 24 Feb - Saturday 24 Feb :::
Selefu
UDC CONSTITUENCY ALLOCATION
Banners
Banners
istanbul escort