Huge import bill shows weakness of domestic industry – Seretse


The Minister of Trade and Industry, Vincent Seretse has said Botswana needs a robust business community willing to take calculated risks in building enterprises that can create more jobs.

Addressing participants at an SMME Pitso organised by the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) yesterday, Seretse noted that the significant growth of the import bill, which currently stands at P68 billion, is a clear indication that Batswana are not self reliant as a country.

“Some of the commodities that are ‘quick wins’ suitable for our environment can be produced locally. Raw materials are available, there is reasonable cost of production and demand locally,” he said.

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