Vendors’ Association in International Congress

Maseru – After attending a Street Net International Congress in India, Khathang Tema Baits’okoli is poised to move forward in income generation projects.

According to Chairperson of the Association Mr. Ts’olo Lebitsa the Annual General Meeting held in the capital, New Delhi from October second to seventh drew attendance from more than 50 countries, along with 20 representatives of Street Vendors Associations from across India.

Mr. Lebitsa added that the Meeting reviewed reports of the past three years’ which indicate among others that Lesotho has produced no results, due to government’s lack of commitment to assist them, even though they have approached relevant ministries about their predicament.

He however said Lesotho was hailed for its resilience and efforts taken to develop itself and it is not being deterred by the negativity it is encountering, saying they looked into laws that serve as guidelines to vendors, their training as well as the means to lobby respective governments to help street vendors to develop their business.

Mr. Lebitsa said Zambia presented a report which proved they are ahead of other African countries in implementation of resolutions made during the previous Meeting, and their hosts, India, were well established and successful in the street vending endeavour as they have laws and committees which coordinate activities between street vendors and the municipality and legislature.

The workshop also focused the vendors’ attention to the declining world economy and on alternative ways of generating income other than depending on government subsidies and foreign aid.

Meanwhile Southern Africa made history by producing the first ever female president of Street Net International.


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