Botswana aspires to graduate into becoming a high income country by 2036 in ensuring that all its citizens share the southern African country’s prosperity, said minister of presidential affairs, governance and public administration, Kabo Morwaeng on Monday.
Morwaeng made the announcement when addressing public servants in Francistown, Botswana second largest city saying the goal of the President Mokgweetsi Masisi led government is to ensure that no citizen of Botswana is left behind and further that all Batswana (citizens of Botswana) share the southern African nation’s prosperity.
“In reaching this noble goal (of not leaving any citizen behind), Botswana aspires to graduate from being an upper middle-income country into a high income country by the year 2036,” he told a jubilant crowd of public officers.
Once Botswana achieves the level of a high income country, Morwaeng said more opportunities for better lives will be realized for the people of the diamond rich nation.
Morwaeng said the level of a high income country is achievable since Botswana was steered from a low income status in 1966 into an upper middle-income country in the contemporary, a testament to the ability of the southern African country to defy the odds once again.
“Even while our country may boast of a stable economy, it is known to all that some of our citizens are still living in poverty and they are in urgent need of assistance,” he observed.
However, Morwaeng said Botswana government will intensify its fight against paucity by introducing new poverty eradication programs, as they are the “source of livelihood for many of our people who are in need.”
Latest figures from Statistics Botswana indicate that Botswana’s unemployment rate has risen to an estimated 20.7 percent in the past three years, a development that is pushing the Masisi administration to pursue sustainable economic growth, as such will result in employment creation. Enditem