WERDA: The Minister of Transport and Communications Tshenolo Mabeo has applauded the Botswana Fibre Networks for the successful completion of works on the optic fibre expansion project in the Sekoma-Tsabong route. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the project yesterday in Werda, the minister commended BOFINET for providing diligent oversight and supervision in ensuring the completion of the project, which was launched in February and met the targeted completion date of July.
He also thanked the contractor, Dimension Data, for the timely execution of the project and adherence to the quality standards and specifications in delivering the project. “The need for economy, effectiveness and efficiency in the execution of National Projects cannot be over-emphasized, and needs to be replicated as part of our broader efforts of ensuring sustained and timely delivery of essential goods and services to the public”, Mabeo told his audience.
The minister further said the need to ensure ubiquity in access to telecommunications services and products reflects Government’s commitment to not only bridging the digital divide between the rural and urban areas, but facilitating widened social and economic inclusion of the citizenry in the national development process.
“To this end, and perhaps needless to say, telecommunications services, remain an indispensable if not a prerequisite for improving the socio-economic livelihoods of the citizens of this country”, he said.
Mabeo said the National Fibre Backbone Infrastructure is not only meant to ensure increased access to broadband in the country, but will leverage the country’s global competitiveness and positioning as a prime destination for Foreign Direct Investment, while scaling up the country’s already pristine attractiveness as a tourist destination of choice both regionally and internationally.
He said the mainstreaming of ICTs as a critical ingredient to fostering economic growth and diversification remains a key national policy priority. Minister Mabeo also used the occasion to launch the commencement of yet another similar optic fibre project in the Kgalagadi region, connecting all the villages from Tsabong through Middlepits, Bokspits, Struizendum to Two Rivers with high speed high capacity system which will be delivered by March 2016.
Attending the ceremony was among others, the Minister of Education, Skills and Development Unity Dow, Assistant Minister of Local Government and Area MP France Van De Westhuizen, Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Transport and Communications Morekesi, National ICT Coordinator Dr Kereteletswe and Board Chairman of BOFINET Ratsela Mooketsi.