Botswana: Land Use Critical in Economic Development

Gaborone — Land use has been identified as a critical factor in the development of the economy and empowerment of citizens.

Addressing Parliament November 18, President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi said as one of the facilitative initiatives for improved land use planning, government approved the National Spatial Plan (NSP) in June.

"The NPS is a framework that provides guidance for planning future development and investment in the country. This plan is currently in the process of being mainstreamed into other processes, such as the national development planning process,, in order to facilitate optimal developmental outcomes for Botswana," he said.

Dr Masisi said in an endeavor to create vibrant urban centres with capabilities to unlock economic activities, government had prepared revitalization plans for strategic areas in Francistown, Lobatse, Selebi Phikwe, Kasane and Kazungula.

He said once fully adopted and implemented, the plans would play a pivotal role in leading the transformation and revitalization of towns and cities making them attractive to investors.

President Masisi said government had invested significantly in a land registration system and improvements on land administration through the Land Administration Procedures Capacity and Systems (LAPCAS) project.

The aim was to develop efficient, effective and transparent administration by devising a system through which all land rights in the country would be surveyed and registered.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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