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Targetted: Chema Chema is intended to boost informal sector businesses PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Targetted: Chema Chema is intended to boost informal sector businesses PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

I came across a 141-year-old statement by Friedrich Engels that struck a chord: “Mankind must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and clothing before it can pursue politics, science, art, and religion.”

It got me thinking about the relevance of this quote to current policy-making decisions. Perhaps, at the core of our policies should be addressing basic human needs: food, water, and shelter. To achieve these fundamental objectives, our industrial policy-making must focus on sustainable trade activities that have the potential to scale and create national value chain linkages.

What I’m emphasising is that every policy decision we make should prioritise securing the basics. Our primary mission should be ensuring food security at the household level. From this foundational goal, every decision should contribute to capital accumulation, fostering productivity, and employment growth. Have we achieved this primary mission? Let’s examine the evidence.


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Women unite for progress

It underscores the indispensable role women play in our society, particularly in building strong households and nurturing families. The recognition of women as the bedrock of our communities is not just a sentiment; it's a call to action for all women to stand together and support each other in their endeavours.The society's aim to instil essential principles and knowledge for national development is crucial. By providing a platform for...

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