Maseru – The Minister of Local Government and Chieftainship Honourable Habofanoe Lehana has launched automated construction permit system in Maseru, which will be implemented by Maseru City Council MCC following assistance from the Private Sector Competitiveness Economic Diversification Project PSCEDP Unit with financial support of the World Bank.
The government implemented the project in order to increase Private Sector participation as drivers of economic growth, and the portal will be cost effective as Architectures will be able to submit applications at their comfort zones.
The Minister added that major progress towards accelerating the ease of doing business in the country has been achieved and commendable, saying there is need for review of policies on land to ensure proper land development and management for the prevention of illegal allocation of land resulting from lack of enforcement frameworks.
Honourable Lehana pledged that various interventions including sensitisation of public and training of local leadership as well as establishment of the land task team will also be carried out to ensure that issues relating to land are managed properly, and thanked the World Bank for financial support.
Speaking at the occasion, the PSCEDP Project Manager Mr. Chaba Mokuku said it is government policy to develop the private sector as it is the engine that drives the economy, saying according to the World Bank Flagship Report of 2017, Lesotho is performing well in as far as the indicator on ease of doing business is concerned.
Mr. Mokuku said Lesotho has shifted 12 positions from 112 to 100 in 2016 and 2017 respectively out of the 190 world economies, saying this performance needs to be commended and calls for more work to be done to promote business for Basotho.
The event was attended by various stakeholders including the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Lesotho Electricity Company and Roads Directorate and Water and Sewage Company, and the MCC City Engineer Mr. Tumelo Dillane said it is expected that a construction permit will be issued after 14 days after it has been submitted through the portal, and all reviews by relevant authorities approved.