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Creation of jobs for Basotho especially youth should be at the heart of the plans of the government of Lesotho.

This, the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Monyane Moleleki said at a two-day Cabinet retreat held in Maseru on Wednesday.

He highlighted that the past period has been painful for the nation as it was marked by political instability, unemployment and human harassment.

He indicated that they should be determined to make a positive difference as the country has been dominant by political instability which led to the current economic fragile.

Mr. Moleleki pointed out that the challenges that include insecurity and polarisation in politics left many Basotho vulnerable.

He further noted that today's event shows that the ministers are determined to take control to reach peaceful environment for all.

He added that the well-planed budget will allow this country to successfully reach constitutional, security and media reforms among others.

The Deputy Prime Minister said in completion of the retreat, they will be aware of basic knowledge of the procedures which guide budget preparations.

In his presentation, the Author of “Why Africa is poor - and What Africans Can Do About it” Dr Gregory Mills said to position Lesotho for prosperity, the nation must deal with its central challenges.

He added that those challenges include unstable political system as well as a security environment that is concerning.

He noted that as a result of those challenges, the economy has little human absorptive, noting that Lesotho should take advantage of its proximity to South Africa as an opportunity for growth.

Dr Mills highlighted that the country's great natural wealth must be capitalised on, singling out water which has the capacity to contribute to the development of Lesotho.

The Objective of the retreat is to come up with national priories that will inform the National Strategic Development Plan II to be implemented in the next five years and to approve the priorities for the 2018/2019 National Budget.


Source: LENA 25/10/2017



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