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UN assisting Botswana to diversify economy, improve social sectors – Official

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is assisting Botswana in its efforts to diversify the economy as well as in improvement of social sectors such as health and education, UNDP resident coordinator in Botswana Jacinta Barrins said on Thursday.Addressing journalists after paying a courtesy call on Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi, Barrins said the assistance is meant to help Botswana create jobs and alleviate poverty.

The UN is also assisting the Botswana government to implement its programmes in the areas health, education and governance.

On governance, she said the world body is providing election support, particularly on encouraging women to participate in politics and also on issues regarding human rights.

Barrins said her organization also assists with environmental issues and has helps the government to tackle climate change through various programmes.

The official said her meeting with Masisi focused on the role the UNDP is playing in the implementation of Botswana’s development agenda.

Barrins said there are 10 UN agencies in Botswana, through which the world body assists the government in the implementation of its policies.



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