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SONA: Economic Stimulus Programme

Publishing Date : 13 November, 2017

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“The Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) remains a Government priority with an allocated budget of P2.2 billion. ESP achievements during 2016/17 included the award of majority of projects to citizen contractors, the completion of projects and employment creation.


Significant progress has been made in the overall execution of ESP projects as over 80% of the 2016/17 planned projects have been started and some completed, covering the maintenance and expansion of Senior and Junior Secondary Schools; as well as backlog eradication in provision of classrooms, teachers quarters and ablution blocks in 139 primary schools country wide. Other projects include the construction of 30 Customary Courts and minimal and peripheral land servicing just to mention a few.

There has been significant progress in the construction of houses for health care workers with 127 houses currently being constructed. This translates into a total of 41 contractors having been engaged; thus meeting Government’s objective of employing as many small contractors as possible throughout the country. 27 clinics will be constructed across the country and are at design stage. We are also constructing 3 Agricultural Service Centres. 

At the end of March 2017, the total number of citizens employed under ESP stood at 20,287, which was 99.2% of the overall total number of people employed under the programme. The implementation of ESP projects is also further boosting job creation through procurement of local products and services. Notwithstanding the overall success of the ESP initiative, some projects experienced delays due to capacity constraints, non-compliance to EDD policy, delays in delivery of materials and poor performance by contractors.


Lessons learned from such bottlenecks are now being used to improve ongoing delivery.   A National Local Economic Development Framework and Action Plan has been adopted to guide and coordinate the planning and implementation of the Local Economic Development (LED), which is expected to facilitate local economic growth and job creation.”
President Lt Gen Ian Khama delivering the State of the Nation Address on Monday

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