Councils urged to explore public-private partnerships


FRANCISTOWN: Corporate director at Barclays Bank of Botswana, Lesley Bradley has called on local governments to utilise Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in closing the existing infrastructure investment gap.

Bradley was speaking at a workshop on PPPs organised by the bank and the Francistown local government themed, ‘Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure Development in Botswana’ held at Marang Hotel on Tuesday. She indicated that it was about time both the private and public sectors make a mark by playing roles towards sustainable development growth in Botswana.

Bradley said PPPs facilitate and contribute to the funding landscape in Botswana as a solution to the already existing challenges. In addition, the initiative will serve as a building block to improving and developing infrastructure in Botswana. “There is a pool of ideas within the local authorities, however, they cannot convert those ideas into anything of value and that is where the private sector intervenes to move forward,” she said.

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