The Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis was honoured to be visited by the Minister of Finance and Development Planning Honourable Kenneth Mathambo on the 25th September 2015. Minister Mathambo, indicated that as is common practice in government, he was visiting parastatals under his ministry in order to appreciate what they were doing, their achievements and the challenges that they were facing as they endeavour to deliver on their mandates. In addition to these visits, the ministry interacts with Chairpersons of Boards and Chief Executive Officers of these parastatals periodically to exchange views and also get feedback on progress being made by these institutions. The minister pointed out that his ministry appreciated the importance of BIDPA as a think tank institution, and further emphasised that BIDPA plays a very crucial role in the development discourse of the country. He implored BIDPA management and staff to always remember the purpose for which BIDPA was established, and that issues of effective and efficient service delivery are paramount in today's world.
Earlier when welcoming the Minister, the BIDPA Executive Director Dr Tebogo Seleka presented a brief on the institute's mandate and governance structure; business model and funding; BIDPA's achievements, constraints and challenges. Some of the achievements that the Executive Director mentioned included projects carried out for the Botswana government and these include: BIDPA was secretariat to National Vision 2016 - Towards Prosperity for All, and was recently appointed secretariat to the Presidential Task Team on the New Vision Beyond 2036 (national Vision 2036); Revised Rural Development Policy; National Trade Policy; Revised National Incomes, Employment, Prices and Profits Policy of 2005, etc. Dr Seleka also highlighted challenges around funding owing to the withdrawal of donors from countries classified in the middle income category like Botswana. However, he was grateful for the support the institute continues to receive from the Botswana Government. The minister recognized the progress that the institute has made even though there are some challenges, and encouraged staff to continue to strive for excellence in the face of challenging times.