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					MAITLAMO: NATIONAL ICT POLICY
         A PERSPECTIVE ON THE
              PRIVATE SECTOR
TALK ICTs, ENGAGE IN
       TECHNOLOGY
        THATO KEWAKAE
      CABLING for AFRICA
The Aim of the ICT Policy

To provide a clear and compelling road
 map for Botswana to drive social,
 economic, cultural and political
 transformation, towards National
 development, through the effective use
 of Information and Communications
 Technology (ICT).
Private Sector Involvement
2001 – Initial discussions led by BOTEC
 and GCB
2002 – Formation of MCST
2003(?)-04 Tender and Policy
 Formulation Processes
Dec 2004 – Consultations with ICT
 Sector
May 2005 – General Stakeholder
 Consultation
EXPECTED OUTCOMES
1. The creation of an enabling environment for the
   growth of an ICT industry in the country;

2. Provision of universal service and access to
   information and communication facilities in the
   country; and

3. Making Botswana a Regional ICT Hub so as to
   make the country’s service sector globally
   competitive.
FROM THE DIARY OF MAITLAMO
                 May 2005 Stakeholders
                  Forum
                 June 2006
                  Announcement of
                  Further Liberalisation
                 July 2006 Stakeholder
                  Conference on
                  Universal Access Policy
                 September 2006 – New
                  Entrants can bid for
  2005 - 2006     rural level licenses
….FROM THE DIARY OF MAITLAMO
                 Rural Telecomms Licenses
                  issued (2007)
                 All appropriate government
                  information online (Dec
                  2007)
                 Appropriate health facilities
                  connected (Dec 2008)
                 Competition open in all ICT
                  areas (July 2009)
                 All Residents have online
                  access to health information
                  (Dec 2009)
                 P950million should have
  2007 - 2009     been spent by around now
….FROM THE DIARY OF MAITLAMO

                 Remote health services
                  available countrywide
                  (2010)
                 All schools and
                  libraries fully connected
                  (2010)
                 50% of citizens have
                  connectivity and power
                  access (2010)
                 All citizens have access
  2010 - 2016     to ICT (2016)
OPPORTUNITIES
 GROWTH ICT         TOURISM
  SECTOR              INDUSTRY
 DEVELOPMENT OF     AGRICULTURAL
  BPO AND             SECTOR
  FINANCIAL/OTHER    e-COMMERCE
  SERVICES OFFERS
 STIMULATION OF
  SMME BUSINESSES
OPPORTUNITIES - ICT Industry
Liberalisation of the ICT sector
Privatisation process
Outsourcing of capacity
Consultancies
Training and re-skilling
Opportunities to partner with multi-
 nationals
PPPs
A Half-Full Glass?
                      One-time chance to
                       build a thriving ICT
                       Industry
                      Excellent opportunity to
                       for effective
                       partnerships
                      Capacity building
                      Community
                       involvement
                      Economic
                       Diversification
Or is it Half –Empty?
 Our implementation
  track record suggests
  we cannot make it
 Economic retention will
  be low
 Parachuting in of skills
  and machinery without
  involvement of
  communities
 “Weak” Private Sector
Factors to Consider
 Botswana wishes to        There is an abundance
  attract FDI by being a     of trained unemployed
  good citizen of the        (but re-skillable) YOUTH
  Global Village            Majority WOMEN
 These measures have        (breadwinners) must be
  to be counter-balanced     catered for
  by meaningful citizen     NON-URBAN
  ownership of the           COMMUNITY direct
  economy                    participation
                            SMME sector growth
Some Success Factors For This Bold
Policy

Strong-willed and visionary leadership
 to define and maintain the environment
Bold and tenacious entrepreneurs to
 captain the course
Participating, non-resentful citizens
A Procurement Process adapted to
 meet the fast paced needs of Maitlamo
A “Fire! Ready! Aim!” Attitude
ALL SHOULDERS TO THE WHEEL

“Maitlamo should not be viewed
 as a government initiative. All
 sectors including the private
 sector, and NGO’s have a critical
 role to play”
THANK YOU
 thato@cfa.bw

				
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