President Mokgweetsi Masisi has expressed worry regarding the full implications of failure to deliver the transformation of Botswana by his administration.
Masisi told his cabinet this week that as political leaders, they are the mainstay and captains of the Ministries, Departments (MDA’s) and Agencies that they lead.
He pointed out that if the Reset Agenda should be met with the success it deserves, “we have to lead from the front as political leaders. With this in our minds, let us journey towards 2024.”
He stated that whereas the institutional framework of the current NDP 11 might be slightly different from the first transitional National Development Plan, the fundamental principles, however, remain the same.
Masisi said they believe in the bottom-up approach to development planning, and hold that decisions which affect the lives of the people, must or ought to, firstly, gain their consent through a strategically guided consultation process that defines the issues, problems and challenges of development, as well as the solutions to tackle them.
“Secondly, the deployment of the knowledge and skills of the technocrats who shepherd the modern institutions of decision-making in public policy and planning to meet the needs of the people must be continually flexible and enriched to adapt and benefit from the reforms better suited to the increasing complexities of fostering sustainable economic growth and development.
“Such a deployment of competent personnel to drive the state machinery should, of necessity, promote and enhance good governance, peace and security as the outcomes of a responsive, resilient, effective and efficient, people-centric government,” he told the ministers.
According to Masisi, in recognition of the imperative for adaptability of key institutions, the most recent undertaking was the reorganisation of Government portfolios where, for example, the apex Ministry for State President was charged with the mandate of the organisation and coordination of the Government business and also separated from the Office of the President.
The president explained that the objective of delineating this role clarity, was to bring about efficiency and effectiveness in the coordination of all Government policies, services, projects and programmes, as well as other functions pertaining to the running of the machinery of Government.
“Consequently, the ensuing establishment of the National Planning Commission (NPC) will be responsible for national development planning and prioritisation of policies and projects. At that First Cabinet Retreat in Manong, we established the course, and with the navigational contours that would, in other instances, have given reason to beset us, we challenged ourselves enough to have faith in the development path that Botswana should follow in order to accomplish the electoral pledges we made. For all the good reasons, this justified the reward of returning the BDP government to power, in October 2019,” he said.
The president stated that the State House Retreat in May last year, another deep dive yielded the Reset and Reclaim Agenda.
“In essence, when the direction of the challenges that assailed our nation in the first half of this Administration became unmistakable, the Reset Agenda became our guiding compass,” he added.
Masisi said what emerged were the set of Five Priorities, “We expressed the desire to rethink our approaches, starting with the mindset that needed to change in order to inject momentum in our development trajectory.”