26 May 2019

Botswana Needs Competitive Human Resource

Gaborone — Botswana, like the rest of the world, aspires to have a globally competitive human resource that can give impetus towards efforts to propel the economy forward.

Officiating at the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) 2019 conference on behalf of the Vice President on Thursday, Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration minister Mr Nonofo Molefhi said such human resource needed to be productive, innovative and entrepreneurial in order to help the country realise this ideal of transforming the economy from being resource-based to being knowledge-based, as well as from middle to high income status.

Minister Molefhi indicated that government was committed to playing its part of facilitating a conducive environment in which all stakeholders could produce desirable outcomes necessary for turning the country's economy around. Further, he said the long-held tradition of a consultative approach towards development remained central to government's efforts; adding that government would therefore continue to hold in high regard the input from all stakeholders.

In addition, Mr Molefhi said government was committed to ensuring improved service delivery that would make the country more competitive, as well as facilitating ease of doing business, thus attracting Foreign Direct Investment.

The minister pointed out also that it was essential to increase investment in research activities and to direct the said research activities into meeting the needs of the economy and industry so as to enhance the country's research capacity.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Mr Thapelo Olopeng reiterated the call for all to join hands to transform the economy from a resource-based to knowledge-based one.

Mr Olopeng also indicated that investing in the development of human capital was one of government's priorities, hence they would continue to ensure improved access to tertiary education through the availing of funding and infrastructure development for public institutions.

The HRDC board chairperson, Ms Moggie Mbaakanyi said it was heartwarming that government was committed to the development of the country's human resource. An adequately developed human resource, she said, was key to having an economy that would ensure that the country achieved innovations and efficiency in the production of goods and services.

For his part, HRDC chief executive officer, Dr Raphael Dingalo stated that HRDC remained supportive of government's agenda to transform the economy from middle to high income status as well as from being resource-based to being knowledge-based.

To achieve that, he said, it was important to, among others, focus on innovation, invest in research institutions, and to strengthen the linkages between institutions and industry. The two-day conference is held under the theme; Competitive human resource - A leading driver for the economy in the 21st century."

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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