Strengthening institutional and regulatory support for pro-poor trade and private sector development
The project aims to strengthen institutional and regulatory support for pro-poor trade and private sector development. Interventions in this area fell in three broad areas, namely Industrial Development Policy and SMME development; trade and investment; and competition.
As per the original design, the project was expected to produce key deliverables as follows: (a) data and analyses to monitor trends and enterprise development - business registration, closures, employment, etc – and regulatory developments and issues with a bearing on business sector’s growth and development; (b) a revised Industrial Development Policy and capacity within the Ministry of Trade and Industry to implement and monitor it; (c) Capacity to manage trade policy and (d) development of negotiation position papers in three areas – legal services, communications and tourism.
The following are some of the project’s notable achievements to date:a draft Industrial Development Policy was prepared in 2010;a series of capacity building initiatives for the Competition Authority were completed, including; training for Competition Authority Commissioners and staff; preparation of rules and regulations guiding the commission’s work; and regional consultations with stakeholders;capacity developed at the Department of International Trade through training for technical staff.
Project funding and implementation
This is a NEX project funded by the Government of Botswana (60%) and UNDP (40%). It is implemented by three government departments within the Ministry of Trade and Industry – Department of International Trade, Department of Consumer Affairs, and Department of Industrial Affairs. A 2012 mid-term review in the context of the mid-term review of the UN POP recommend the cessation of activities under the project. Consequently, 2013 is winding-up year for the project.