Empowered local governments

Decentralisation of government frameworks and empowerment of local governments has been described as a critical key role towards economic development and localisation of national development.

When officially opening the four day Commonwealth local government conference in Gaborone yesterday, President Ian Khama said decentralised governance had the potential to contribute to the achievements of agreed targets for any country.  “As members of the commonwealth countries we are aware that a decentralised governance framework and empowered local governments and its communities are critical to the localisation of national development and its sustainable development goals,” he said.

Khama also noted that Botswana had remained alive to the idea of localising resources to address local needs, aspirations and promoting sustainable livelihoods for its people.

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