The Vice President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, left for Malaysia earlier today (April 6) for a five-day working visit.
The Vice President’s visit, which will primarily focus on exchange of information on policy issues pertaining to job creation and poverty eradication, comes at the heightened commitment by government to address the two issues.
Mr Masisi is expected to pay a courtesy call on Malaysian deputy prime minister and also meet with officials from the Performance Management Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) as well as visit the Botswana student community studying in that country.
Mr Masisi is accompanied by the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr Eric Molale and senior government officials.
Meanwhile, Mr Molale said in an interview that since the launch of Malaysian Economic Transformation Programme, Malaysia attained high employment levels accompanied by sustained economic growth, hence the need to benchmark against them.
He said the visit would also venture into issues of project monitoring and evaluation. He expressed concern that Botswana was slow in terms of implementation.
Mr Molale explained that Botswana had chosen to benchmark and exchange policy issues with Malaysia because the two counties had many similarities that were geared towards life improvement.
Botswana, he noted, also stood to benefit a lot from Malaysian model of addressing critical socio-economic issues more especially that most Batswana youth were schooling there.