21 Oct 2021
In a bid to attract more foreign direct investment following the pandemic, Botswana is putting basic utilities at the heart of its stimulus.
“As we look to diversify our economy and attract foreign direct investment to our country, the availability and access to basic utilities such as water and electricity cannot be overemphasised,” said President Mokgweetsi Masisi.
The President made the statement whilst commissioning the transmission pipeline and associated works from Masama well fields to Mmamashia Water Treatment Plant at Mmamashia village.
He added that the water infrastructure, which conveys as much as 64 million litres per day, was given priority to address the issue of water scarcity in Botswana’s capital and surrounding areas.
Masisi went on to say that with hygiene being the primary defence against Covid, water is crucial to saving lives.
As well as meeting the daily demands of the population, President Masisi said this water pipeline will be an essential part of ensuring economic growth in several sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, transport, energy, information and communications technology, amongst others.
“It is the government’s intention to make Botswana a destination of choice for investment. This means ensuring that we have a conducive environment and the necessary infrastructure,” he added.