BIDPA and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) held a stakeholder similar to deliberate on the Draft National Anti-Corruption Policy. BIDPA was identified by the DCEC as the policy design and development consultant with funding from United Nations Development Program. The main purpose of the seminar was to gather views of important stakeholders on the draft policy so as to make further improvements. The draft policy was presented by BIDPA researchers, Dr Gape Kaboyakgosi and Ms Keneilwe Marata, and its objective is to enhance Botswana’s capacity to fight corruption. This objective will be realised through three key measures: Legal measures; Institutional measures, and social measures. The rationale for the policy is premised on the effective coordination of the fight against corruption and is guided by the following issues among others: Good governance; improved and well coordinated anti-corruption framework; improved and efficient coordination of anti-corruption agencies; improved citizen’s access to public goods and services; efficiency, effectiveness and economy in the delivery of social services; and promotion of socio-economic & political development.
Giving a keynote address at the seminar the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Honorable Mokgweetsi Masisi underscored the fact that corruption undermines good governance and the rule of law. He indicated that the policy would go a long way in promoting good governance, transparency, the rule of law and national principles. According to the Minister there are emerging issues that call for the existing legal framework to be reviewed in order to appropriately deal with the growing complexity of corruption.
In her welcome address the DCEC director, Ms Rose Seretse, emphasized that the National Anti-Corruption Policy was a key development in the fight against corruption in the country. She further indicated that the development of this policy showed commitment by the Botswana government to good governance and a zero tolerance against corruption. Accordingly, the policy was in line with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) that expects each state party, in the context of its legal environment, to develop anti-corruption policies that promote participation of society and reflect principles of law, proper management of public affairs and public property, integrity, transparency and accountability.