Archive for March 21st, 2007

source: BOPA
20 March, 2007

GABORONE Botswana has focused on enterprise development but has done little to develop entrepreneurial culture although the latter is a pre-requisite to the former.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA), Dr Tebogo Matome, said last week that his organisation would play a pivotal role in the transformation of Botswanas economy through sustainable entrepreneurship and the development of small medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) Speaking at the launch of LEA in Gaborone, Dr Matome said Batswana should see a positive trajectory in the promotion of citizen entrepreneurship, and development of a competitive SMME community.

Dr Matome said Batswana would also see further diversification of Botswanas economy, and the creation of sustainable employment opportunities.

He said LEA would seek to promote links between SMMEs and large enterprises; and the quality of exports by the SMME community.

The organisation would also improve on the efficiency and effectiveness of the services it provides to the SMME community in agriculture, tourism manufacturing and services.

He said: If we begin to concentrate or focus our SMME sector development efforts around some certain sub-sectors, then we will build international comparative advantages around these areas.

This is critical because such will allow us to have a competitive edge in the product or service outputs of such sub-sectors. We shall therefore be able to capture both the domestic and international market for these outputs.

It is important that our SMMEs become internationally competitive because [continue reading]

Mmegi/The Reporter (Gaborone)

March 20, 2007
Posted to the web March 20, 2007

The country’s top leadership is set to get a pay hike on April 1 following the six percent salary increase awarded across the board to the civil servants. Details of the leaders’ pay hike are contained in a draft bill to be presented to Parliament by newly appointed Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Daniel Kwelagobe.

It proposes to increase the salaries and allowances of cabinet ministers, MPs, Dikgosi (traditional chiefs) and other senior government officials. In the new structure, the President will get an annual salary of P408,852 or P34,071 per month. The Vice President will get P314, 508 a year or P26,209 per month. Ministers and the Speaker will now draw an annual salary of P251, 616 or P20,968 per month, Assistant Ministers, the Leader of Official Opposition and the Deputy Speaker will be getting P209, 664 a year or P17,472 per month.

The Government Chief Whip and the Opposition Chief Whip will draw an annual salary of P174, 732 and P 158,844 respectively. Ordinary MPs will go home with P158,844 a year or P13,237 per month. In addition, MPs get a yearly constituency allowance ranging from P62,652 for specially elected ones to P76,908 for those representing remote areas. The MP also earn a daily allowance of P278.80 whenever they attend Parliament. They are entitled to P6,216 hospitality allowance per annum and a communication allowance calculated at the standard rate of P27,420 per year.

According to the bill, the chairman and [continue reading]