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PPADB to tip the scales in favour of CEDA funded projects

The Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Board (PPADB) has engaged government on the possibility of devising a procurement strategy that will help jerk up businesses that were funded and monitored by the Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency (CEDA) and mentored by the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA).

PPADB Executive Chairperson, Bridget Poppy-John has this week revealed that PPADB is at early discussion stage with the relevant stakeholders to strike the collaboration that will uplift small businesses through some form of preferential procurement.
“We believe that micro procurement can be deliberately channelled to benefit small start-up enterprises as it requires no rigorous formalities although such support needs to be structured in an acceptable manner for accountability purposes,” said Poppy-John at a capacity building workshop organised for District Administration Tender Committees (DATCs).

“As PPADB we have identified the need for an end to end process through possible collaboration with institutions such as LEA and CEDA to find ways of supporting businesses that have been assisted with mentoring and funding, through public procurement, provided they meet the requirements of the tender.” The primary mandate of PPADB is to adjudicate and award tenders for Central Government and any other quasi-government institutions for the delivery of works, services and supplies related services. This is coupled with the registration and grading of contractors who so wish to do business with government.

CEDA was established by government in 2001 as response to a recommendation made by the National Conference on Citizen Economic Empowerment (NCCEE) held in 1999, in order to introduce the professional management of the Government financial assistance initiatives and to streamline the numerous projects providing similar schemes. Its core mandate is to provide financial and technical support for business development with a view to promote viable and sustainable citizen owned business enterprises.

Meanwhile LEA, which was established in 2004, was given the mandate of entrepreneurship and enterprise development in Botswana. Part of its responsibilities include providing business development services among others through; screening, business plan facilitation, training and mentoring; Identifying business opportunities for existing and future SMMEs; Promoting domestic and international linkages, especially between SMMEs and government, large business entities and other SMMEs.

Like in any developing country, the government continues to be the main player and the biggest provider of business to the private sector. Government expenditure through public procurement activities represents about 70% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) making it (public procurement) an integral part of the economy. Unlike in developed countries where public procurement accounts to a less percentage of up to 20 percent in GDP, developing countries expect efficient public procurement for the purpose of transforming their growing economies.

PPADB has a partnership with the OECD which supports governments in reforming their public procurement systems to ensure cost savings and better service delivery. The OECD promotes efficient and effective public procurement systems because it considers public procurement the backbone of a well-functioning government that ensures delivery of quality services to the public. PPADB is also looking forward to reviewing financial thresholds of Ministerial Tender Committees (MTC) and District Administration Tender Committees (DATC) in the coming 2018/19 financial year.

Currently MTCs and DATCs deal with procurement of goods, services and works which are below P300 million in value. The MTC financial ceiling range from P25 million to P300 million while ceilings for DATCs range from P2 million to P10 million. “The intent is to increasingly devolve authority to Ministries and Districts for improved procurement performance. Challenges that come with the devolved mandate need to be acknowledged and addressed for improved procurement performance,” she said. Poppy-John said procuring entities should embrace sound procurement practises to deliver on their core functions because procurement can no longer be treated as a menial standalone task that is not a priority for those in leadership.

“It should be recognised as a strategic function that can save Ministries and Districts funds, and drive efficiencies, if well executed. Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Kebonye Moepeng indicated that public procurement is faced with shortage of personnel which has compromised service and quality delivery.

“Let us also recognise that we should all be alive to the need for improved and timely service delivery. Procurement as an enabler for service delivery by government at District level should therefore be expedited where possible, that is without breaking any rules,” she said. “Districts should plan their procurement and adhere to such plans to avoid situations where institutions go without supplies such as food, maintenance e.t.c.”

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Masisi to dump Tsogwane?

28th November 2022

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and some senior government officials are abuzz with reports that President Mokgweetsi Masisi has requested his Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane not to contest the next general elections in 2024.

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African DFIs gear to combat climate change

25th November 2022

The impacts of climate change are increasing in frequency and intensity every year and this is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future. African CEOs in the Global South are finally coming to the party on how to tackle the crisis.

Following the completion of COP27 in Egypt recently, CEOs of Africa DFIs converged in Botswana for the CEO Forum of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions. One of the key themes was on green financing and building partnerships for resource mobilization in financing SDGs in Africa

A report; Weathering the storm; African Development Banks response to Covid-19 presented shocking findings during the seminar. Among them; African DFIs have proven to be financially resilient, and they are fast shifting to a green transition and its financing.

COO, CEDA, James Moribame highlighted that; Everyone needs food, shelter and all basic needs in general, but climate change is putting the achievement of this at bay. It is expensive for businesses to do business, for instance; it is much challenging for the agricultural sector due to climate change, and the risks have gone up. If a famer plants crops, they should be ready for any potential natural disaster which will cost them their hard work.

According to Moribame, Start-up businesses will forever require help if there is no change.

There is no doubt that the Russia- Ukraine war disrupted supply chains. SMMEs have felt the most impact as some start-up businesses acquire their materials internationally, therefore as inflation peaks, this means the exchange rate rises which makes commodities expensive and challenging for SMMEs to progress. Basically, the cost of doing business has gone up. Governments are no longer able to support DFIs.

Moribame shared remedies to the situation, noting that; What we need is leadership that will be able to address this. CEOs should ensure companies operate within a framework of responsible lending. They also ought to scout for opportunities that would be attractive to investors, this include investors who are willing to put money into green financing. Botswana is a prime spot for green financing due to the great opportunity that lies in solar projects.

Technology has been hailed as the economy of the future and thus needs to be embraced to drive operational efficiency both internally and externally.

Executive Director, bank of Industry Nigeria, Simon Aranou mentioned that for investors to pump money to climate financing in Africa, African states need to be in alignment with global standards.

Do what meets world standards if you want money from international investors. Have a strong risk management system. Also be a good borrower, if you have a loan, honour the obligation of paying it back because this will ensure countries have a clean financial record which will then pave way for easier lending of money in the future. African states cannot just be demanding for mitigation from rich countries. Financing needs infrastructure to complement it, you cannot be seating on billions of dollars without the necessary support systems to make it work for you. Domestic resource mobilisation is key. Use public money to mobilise private money. He said.

For his part, the Minster of Minister of Entrepreneurship, Karabo Gare enunciated that, over the past three years, governments across the world have had to readjust their priorities as the world dealt with the effects and impact of the COVID 19 pandemic both to human life and economic prosperity.

The role of DFIs, during this tough period, which is to support governments through countercyclical measures, including funding of COVID-19 related development projects, has become more important than ever before. However, with the increasingly limited resources from governments, DFIs are now expected to mobilise resources to meet the fiscal gaps and continue to meet their developmental mandates across the various affected sectors of their economies. Said Gare.

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TotalEnergies Botswana launches Road safety campaign in Letlhakeng

22nd November 2022

Letlhakeng:TotalEnergies Botswana today launched a Road Safety Campaign as part of their annual Stakeholder Relationship Management (SRM), in partnership with Unitrans, MVA Fund, TotalEnergies Letlhakeng Filling Station and the Letlhakeng Sub District Road Safety Committee during an event held in Letlhakeng under the theme, #IamTrafficToo.

The Supplier Relationship Management initiative is an undertaking by TotalEnergies through which TotalEnergie annually explores and implements social responsibility activities in communities within which we operate, by engaging key stakeholders who are aligned with the organizations objectives. Speaking during the launch event, TotalEnergies Operations and HSSEQ, Patrick Thedi said, We at TotalEnergies pride ourselves in being an industrial operator with a strategy centered on respect, listening, dialogue and stakeholder involvement, and a partner in the sustainable social and economic development of its host communities and countries. We are also very fortunate to have stakeholders who are in alignment with our organizational objectives. We assess relationships with our key stakeholders to understand their concerns and expectations as well as identify priority areas for improvement to strengthen the integration of Total Energies in the community. As our organization transitions from Total to Total Energies, we are committed to exploring sustainable initiatives that will be equally indicative of our growth and this Campaign is a step in the right direction.

As part of this campaign roll out, stakeholders will be refurbishing and upgrading and installing road signs around schools in the area, and generally where required. One of the objectives of the Campaign is to bring awareness and training on how to manage and share the road/parking with bulk vehicles, as the number of bulk vehicles using the Letlhakeng road to bypass Trans Kalahari increases. When welcoming guests to Letlhakeng, Kgosi Balepi said he welcomed the initiative as it will reduce the number of road incidents in the area.

Also present was District Traffic Officer ASP, Reuben Moleele, who gave a statistical overview of accidents in the region, as well as the rest of the country. Moleele applauded TotalEnergies and partners on the Campaign, especially ahead of the festive season, a time he pointed out is always one with high road statistics. The campaign name #IamTrafficToo, is a reminder to all road users, including pedestrians that they too need to be vigilant and play their part in ensuring a reduction in road incidents.

The official proceedings of the day included a handover of reflectors and stop/Go signs to the Letlhakeng Cluster from TotalEnerigies, injury prevention from tips from MVAs Onkabetse Petlwana, as well as bulk vehicle safety tips delivered from Adolf Namate of Unitrans.

TotalEnergies, which is committed to having zero carbon emissions by 2050, has committed to rolling out the Road safety Campaign to the rest of the country in the future.

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