Botswana: One Government Principle Unveiled

6 November 2018

Government is moving to deal away with increased bureaucracy that has resulted with departments demanding the same material from clients that other departments have already be given. President Mokgweetsi Masisi said they will now accelerate the implementation of the 'One Government Principle'.

"Cabinet has approved broad areas that are geared towards improving the ease of doing business in Botswana and one such area is the "One Government" Principle; This principle means that state bodies (central as well as local) should not require applicants/clients whether individuals or businesses, to produce documents that are already in the possession of another Government agency; This will be through the amendment of Acts, Regulations and procedures or practices, as well as interfacing of systems to allow for efficient and seamless setting up of businesses.

The reforms will require a complete overhaul and transformation of existing structures. Currently Government has put in place robust mechanisms to coordinate and monitor the rollout of the reforms," Masisi said in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).

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