The Botswana National Productivity Centre (BNPC) has been advised to research more on local and international private and public enterprises so as to provide its stakeholders with adequate information to better enhance efficiency and productivity.
The recommendation was given by former minister Boyce Sebetlela at BNPC’s annual breakfast seminar for the private sector, held in Gaborone Sun on Thursday.
Sebetlela also advised that BNPC’s objectives and resolutions will remain ineffective unless it embarks on international and local research to ascertain how other companies are fairing.
BNPC held the seminar to review its 2008 strategic resolutions, which among other aimed at promoting the idea of assessing leadership competencies in both the private and public sector, with a view to identifying gaps and closing them.
The BNPC also resolved to report back to the national convention, slated for later this year, on progress that has been made in winning private sector participation in the productivity drive. The private sector will also be requested to report back on what they have achieved in their quest for productivity.
The Acting Executive Director of BNPC, Chadna Parmod said that BNPC has made strides in raising productivity awareness among individuals and organisations in Botswana.
Through collaboration with Botswana Confederation of Commerce and Industry (BOCCIM), BNPC intends to enrol Batswana as active members of the movement as well as equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge on productivity issues.
For his part, Loago Raditedu of the Exporters Association of Botswana asked what progress the BNPC has made in creating awareness on the relevance and impact of productivity and quality to Botswana’s socio-economic development.
In response, Productivity and Quality Consultant Tsampa Mdluli explained that BNPC reaches out to the private and public sectors through awareness seminars and free training. Tebogo Kesupile, Enterprise and Support Programme Manager, also said they have an initiative called the Service Culture Plan, which aims at transforming service within the private and public sector.