Maseru – Creation of jobs for Basotho, especially the youth should be at the heart of government’s plans.
The Deputy Prime Minister Honourable Monyane Moleleki said this at a two-day Cabinet Retreat held in Maseru on Wednesday, saying the past has been painful for the nation as it was marked by political instability, unemployment and human harassment.
He said they should be determined to make a positive difference as the country has been dominated by political instability which led to the current economic fragility, as challenges that include insecurity and polarisation in politics left many Basotho vulnerable.
He noted that the day’s event shows that ministers are determined to take control to reach a peaceful environment for all, adding a well-planned budget will allow the country to successfully reach constitutional, security and media reforms among others, saying at the end of the retreat, they will have basic knowledge of the procedures which guide budget preparations.
In his presentation, the author of “Why Africa is poor – and What Africans Can Do About it”, Dr. Gregory Mills said to position Lesotho for prosperity, the nation must deal with its central challenges, which include unstable political system and a concerning security environment.
He said Lesotho should take advantage of its proximity to South Africa as an opportunity for growth and highlighted that the country’s great natural wealth must be capitalised on, singling out water which has the capacity to contribute to Lesotho’s development.
The Objective of the retreat is to come up with national priorities that will inform the National Strategic Development Plan II to be implemented in the next five years and to approve the priorities for the 2018/2019 National Budget. Lena