Business Botswana (BB) an advocacy organization that represents the business interests of the private sector said it is concerned with lack of understanding between government and the private sector in dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT: The private sector has been severely affected negatively during the Covid-19 induced lockdown and curfew. In a press conference yesterday in Gaborone, the business community through its president, Gobusamang Keebine said as a country we are failing to “think as one” in the fight against Covid-19.
WHAT DID KEEBINE SAY: He said there is no clear understanding on how government wants to work with the private sector. The BB President further explained that lack of understanding delays progress and its in-effective. Just like business mogul Satar Dada assisted with his house to be used for vaccination, Keebine says more members of BB are ready to assist if there is a request. BB says its members are willing to fund the costs of vaccines for some family members of their staff, to reduce risks of cross-infection and improve the welfare of the families concerned.
Decrying some of the mishaps by government since the pandemic struck, Keebine told the media that there is lack of consultation when it comes to curfew times, internal permits and lack of information concerning vaccine. He revealed that when Professor Mosepele Mosepele briefs the task force team says there is no manufacturer who gives guarantee when we can get vaccine.
WHAT DID GOVERNMENT SAY: The Office of the President said the business community has been included in the vaccine deployment plan through its membership of the National Vaccine Committee.