Advance inclusive growth and posterity

Faced with ever growing needs set against stagnant revenue streams, Finance minister Kenneth Matambo will undoubtedly walk a fiscal tightrope in dividing the national cake when he presents the 2015/16 National Budget on Monday.

In the past three years, Matambo has done a good job in preserving Botswana’s much-celebrated financial prudence image with rolling budget surpluses.  The enviable trend is set to continue this year with the 2015/16 Budget Strategy Paper (BSP) predicting another P1.4 billion budget surplus in the coming fiscal year. Despite the accolades Botswana has been crowned with for sustainable economic growth and pragmatic financial management, the log in Government’s eye still remains the lack of adequate employment opportunities, poverty eradication and income inequality.

As Matambo goes about his business of sharing the country’s resources, we urge him to give tackling narrow growth priority as it has emerged as an albatross on the development history of Botswana.

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