7 August 2018

Botswana: Thriving Private Sector Good for Employment

Palapye — Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Mr Carter Morupisi has implored public officers to create a conducive environment for the private sector to thrive in order to aid employment creation.

Addressing public officers on President Mokgweetsi Masisi's road map at BIUST campus on Monday, Mr Morupisi urged them not only to be friendly to foreign investors but also to be very facilitative and help grow local businesses.

They were told to desist from being too punitive on local businesses but instead to correct them to do better in the future.

In addition, they were requested to assess policies and administration procedures to identify areas impeding service delivery.

Citing change of land use policy, Mr Morupisi said it should not take long hence the need to remove unnecessary procedures contributing to delays.

Mr Morupisi further informed public officers that government wanted to decentralise decision making so that decisions affecting Palapye were taken at sub-district level.

He said the observation was that some issues took too long to be addressed because decisions were taken at headquarters.

They were told to adhere to the Public Service Act and General Orders and to ensure that no employee worked overtime without authorisation of the supervisor.

Meanwhile, PSP reiterated that public officers were not allowed to participate in political party primary elections, though they were to hold membership of political parties of their choice.

He urged them to remain apolitical and loyal to the government of the day by implementing its programmes and policies.

"You are expected to go by instructions and direction given by the current leadership," he said.

Public officers thanked Mr Morupisi for sharing President Masisi's road map and promised to support the government by implementing all the policies and programmes in place.

They thanked the leadership for working round the clock to resuscitate the Public Service Bargaining Council.

However, they called for the review of public service salary structure and abolition of the A salary scale.

Source : BOPA

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