Kalamare — Kalamare community has been applauded for initiating an event focused on the socio-economic development of their area.
Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security Mr Jimmy Opelo said the annual citizen empowerment show, which aimed at empowering the community and local businesses had evolved to stardom within a short time.
"You are now a force to reckon with. As a small village with limited business opportunities, you were never deterred by environmental challenges," he said.
He said the citizen empowerment show had harnessed the village profile, attracting the private sector and business partners to assist in developing and selling the natural beauty and potential tourism ventures in the village.
The Permanent Secretary said the event was focused on exploring business potentials in agriculture and tourism.
"The two sectors are front-runners in today's economic growth globally," he said.
Mr Opelo cited that agriculture- fed the world and tourism had evidently demonstrated its ability to overtake the traditional sources of economic growth across the globe, hence Kalamare community had undoubtedly demonstrated their understanding of the global economic influencing characters and dimensions.
Besides the challenges encountered along the way, Mr Opelo applauded the community for their commitment and tenacity in realising their dream, saying what they had achieved was all about focus and determination.
He also applauded Shoshong Member of Parliament, Mr Dikgang Makgalemele, also the Assistant Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development for his guidance and encouraging his constituents to focus on activities aimed at improving their livelihoods and diversifying the economy.
"He is a leader who goes an extra mile in touching the lives of his community and helping them excel and develop their constituency," he said.
Mr Opelo said the community of Kalamare had formulated business strategies to harness wealth and trade among themselves and external partners. He noted that the community was focused on propelling agro-tourism.
"I am convinced that given the abundant land in your area, coupled with the scenic beauty of the chain of hills surrounding your village you are set on achieving your adventure," he added.
He urged them to focus on their vision of transforming the local economy through the partnership of community and the private sector.
For his part, Mr Makgalemele shared the sentiments with Mr Opelo, stating that agriculture and tourism have the potential to diminish poverty among constituents.
Therefore, Mr Makgalemele appealed to agriculture and tourism-related businesses to invest in Kalamare.
He said even though it was evident that Kalamare was making attempts to diminish poverty among its community, they should not leave behind the challenges faced by the youth, especially that of unemployment.
He appealed to them to devise strategies aimed at addressing youth unemployment.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>