A high level delegation of more than 600 delegates is expected to descend on Botswana’s capital, Gaborone mid June this year for the Commonwealth Local Government Conference (CLGC) to discuss pertinent issues affecting local governance.
Local Government and Rural Development Minister Slumber Tsogwane made the announcement last Tuesday when deliberating his keynote address at just ended 2015 Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA) conference in Francistown.
Tsogwane said the CLGC will be held in Gaborone from the 16th to the 19th of June this year and will be done in partnership with BALA and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.
It will be for the first time that Botswana will be hosting this biannual conference that will be characterised by the 20th anniversary celebration of the existence of CLGC, according to Tsogwane.
“The CLGC is the most important international event in the local government calendar as it is expected to attract more than 600 high level delegates,” said Tsogwane amid a thunderous round of applause from the gathering that was mainly composed of councilors at Adansonia Hotel.
Delegates expected to attend the CLGC are politicians, policymakers and local government practitioners including Ministers of Local Government, mayors, council leaders, civic leaders and representatives from the private sector in Africa, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean.
Tsogwane said: “The conference gives delegates the opportunity to meet and learn about new ideas, approaches and the best practices that can support their local authorities to deliver better services to the local communities.”
The minister implored mayors, councilors and local government leaders to give it the necessary support by attending and participating effectively. Tsogwane challenged councilors to appreciate their role as investment promoters, resource mobilisers and agents of change.
“This will ensure that we live to the aspirations of Vision 2016 with more emphasis on delivery by all of us,” said the cabinet minister. For his part, reelected BALA president Reverend Mpho Moruakgomo said the CLGC is a sought after conference because of its significance in terms of the positives it brings along.
“We must attend in numbers and learn best practices and be able to exchange (ideas) and network so that we can use the ideas to improve the service in our councils,” said Moruakgomo in his acceptance speech.
Moruakgomo said the CLGC is an important occasion and is coming to Botswana because of the service rendered to the most sought after conference by BALA leadership.