The impact that information and communication technology has in many economies is evident in the development and progress such economies continue to enjoy. In this era of rapid development, ICT plays a crucial role in development, and its use and implementation are imperative in all sectors and especially so, for the education sector. The Maitlamo Policy identifies that, for transformation to happen across the various sectors, effective use of ICT will be the greatest enabler. The importance of Information literacy and lifelong learning are the basis for development, for prosperity and where real freedom lies. This is because, it is through information literacy that we are empowered to achieve more and make better and more informed choices as we now have access to better information. It is in this context, I am extremely proud to be portfolio Minister responsible telecommunication which is an important element to grow the Botswana economy. As per the latest BOCRA Report, the past few years for Botswana have been characterised by impressive ICT development, paired with the advent of mobile telephony.
Mobile telephony reaching has reached over 3 million subscriptions which equates to 59% teledensity. Mobile broadband has exceeded 1.4 million subscriptions. The sector investments is in excess of P950 million. It is therefore appropriate that he applaud the sector for this impressive growth whilst at the same the underpinning the important of concerted efforts to address issues of access, quality of service, costs and value for money. I wish to end by recognizing the role that Mascom specifically has played in the past 10 years in the development of the telecommunications sector. As the first and leading network provider you have the burden of leading by example and let me pay tribute to your contribution not just in the telecommunications space but also in many other areas of the society including sports, culture, arts, people living with disabilities and the less privileged. As you celebrate 20 years, I will you the very best of luck and many more successful years. *Speech by Minister of Transport and Communications Kitso Mokaila at the Mascom 20th birthday celebrations in Gaborone on 17th February 2018.