Archive for November 20th, 2009

source: The Botswana Gazette
Written by EDITOR
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 09:43

Review tax regime
Citizen bias in procurement

President Lt Gen Ian Khama has said while Government looks upon the growth of the private sector, increasingly rooted in the citizenry, as a key instrument for national development, he was concerned about the tendency of some companies to embrace self-interest over the national interest.He cited the example of the often inflated cost of public projects both at the stage of tendering and in implementation. “Such practices are, unfortunately, consistent with a wider attitude of self-entitlement towards public resources, which threatens to undermine the principle of self-reliance that has been a cornerstone of our collective development.”

Khama said where there is evidence government will not hesitate to blacklist those whose private greed undermines the country’s ability to deliver for [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
DR JEFF RAMSEY

Transparency International (TI) has just released its annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) at a ceremony in Berlin. This Office is pleased to announce that, for the 14th year in a row, Botswana was ranked as being the least corrupt country in Africa, as well as among the least corrupt countries in the world.

Botswana was ranked 37 out of 180 countries included in the 2009 survey, with a composite score of 5.6, showing little change from the results over the past five years, which have oscillated between 5.4 and 5.9.

Botswana’s standing once more placed it in the top 20% of all surveyed nations, as well as above over half (24) of the member states of the Council of Europe and [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
John Allen and Adiel Ismail
19 November 2009

Cape Town — Botswana continues to be seen as Africa’s least corrupt, and Somalia as the continent’s – and the world’s – most corrupt country, according to a new survey published this week.

But Botswana comes in at only 37th place in a list of 180 nations, which New Zealand tops as the perceived least corrupt country in the world. Three-quarters of the nations of sub-Saharan Africa fall in the bottom half of the list.

These are among the revelations of the “Corruption Perceptions Index 2009,” published by Transparency International, a civil society group which describes itself as a global coalition against corruption.

The survey ranks perceptions of corruption on an index of 1 to 10, with 1 indicating the highest level of corruption and 10 the lowest. The index is a “survey of surveys,” relying on research done by 10 organizations, ranging from the African Development Bank and World Bank to the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
19 November 2009

The United Nations Human Rights Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has denied running a repatriation programme that promised Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa R7000, computers and other equipment to start up businesses once back home. Last month it was reported the refugees signed up for the programme on the back of these promises but once back home nothing was delivered.

Speaking to Newsreel on Wednesday Tina Ghelli the UNHCR representative for Southern Africa said they ran a repatriation programme for refugees living at the Central Methodist church in Johaneesburg some time in July this year. She said this programme was at the request of the refugees who wanted to go back home but did not have the resources to do so. Since the International Organization for Migration (IOM) were already running repatriation programmes in the region the UNHCR asked them to help repatriate the most vulnerable refugees.

‘IOM assisted UNHCR by arranging pre-travel medical checks and transport, and providing escorts to facilitate returnees as required to [continue reading]