Government will effective September 2018 restrict the importation of cement. This, according to the Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Bogolo Kenewendo, is part of the process aimed at stimulating economic activity and job creation. Briefing the media early this week, Kenewendo said economic analysis showed that the sector has the potential to create jobs for Batswana.
“The proposed restrictions would be done through the issuance of import permit after the importer has submitted evidence that indeed they have satisfied the 70% requirement,” she said.
The restrictions have hit other sectors in recent times. Earlier this year the Ministry through Control of Good, Prices and Other Charges Act put in place measures to restrict the importation of bottled water in small quantities effective the beginning of August this year.
“As a way of promoting the development of the water bottling sector and attracting investment, we have restricted importation of bottled water in small quantities and only allow for 10 litres or more,” she said. According to the Minister this would go a long way in ensuring the sustainability of the water-bottling sector and assist in the national diversification efforts.
In 2015, using the same law, and the Trade Act, the Ministry imposed restrictions on the importation of pre-packed salt. The importation of salt in quantities of 500grams (g) and 1kilogramme (kg) were banned, only allowing
However, the Ministry advised scrap dealers seeking permission to export ferrous and non-ferrous metal waste and scrap to get ‘export permit’ from the Ministry. According to Kenewendo, the Ministry is prioritising entrepreneurship and the advancement of Small, Medium and Macro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) as the catalyst to achieving economic growth and development as well as economic diversification.