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Majoro on charm offensive to stimulate economy

Pascalinah Kabi

PRIME Minister Moeketsi Majoro has embarked onto a charm offensive to win over local entrepreneurs as his administration seeks to find innovative ways of stimulating Lesotho’s economy.

Dr Majoro recently met with Mokhotlong entrepreneurs to discuss innovative ways of stimulating the economy amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

He was accompanied by Agriculture and Food Security minister Tefo Mapesela and Deputy Minister of Water Lepota Sekola. Mr Mapesela chairs the investment promotion cabinet sub-committee which aims at supporting private investment by “removing roadblocks to investment and job creation”.

Mr Sekola was already in Mokhotlong in line with Dr Majoro’s dispatch of his ministers to different communities across the country to hear the challenges that Basotho are facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our aim was to share the government’s economic stimulation plans with the entrepreneurs as well as sharing ideas on how best we can work together to create jobs in the country,” Dr Majoro said on national television after his meeting with the Mokhotlong entrepreneurs.

He added: “We agreed during our discussions that it is not the state that creates jobs but entrepreneurs. However, entrepreneurs alone don’t have enough muscle to create jobs. They cannot create jobs unless the government is fully aware of their needs and how best they can be assisted by the state.”

Dr Majoro said they agreed with the business people that they would meet regularly to look into challenges that the entrepreneurs are facing in the district.

Speaking on behalf of Mokhotlong entrepreneurs, Sekhoane Matjeane expressed concerns that Mokhotlong business operators were not benefitting from the big international operations set-up in that district.

Mokhotlong is home to Letšeng Mine, Mothae Diamond Mine and Polihali Dam under Phase II of the multi-billion binational Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP).

“We have Mokhotlong business operators who own trucks and TLB machineries but they are never allocated jobs. We never hear of tenders opening and only see trucks from the urban areas being allocated the jobs in this district,” Mr Matjeane said.

Yesterday Dr Majoro’s press attaché Mosito Moqhekoana said the Mokhotlong engagement was the launch of countrywide discussions that the premier will have with local entrepreneurs.

“This was not the only engagement but a launch of the countrywide engagements he will have with local business operators across the country. There is no fixed schedule but you will know as soon as the date for his next stop has been fixed,” Mr Moqhekoana said.

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