Botswana: Government bodies urged to buy local.
On 25 February 2010 the Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Maxwell Motowane, told government officials that they should buy locally produced goods so long as they met established standards. This represents an official endorsement not to buy foreign produced products. Subsequent announcements by the same ministry indicate that steps have been subsequently taken to check that government agencies are complying with this instruction.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?|
|Was such evidence identified?|
|Is such evidence publicly available?|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?|
Date Discovered: 10/06/2010
Date of inception: 25 Feb 2010
GTA Evaluation: Red
"Motowane urges govt institutions to buy locally," Ministry of Trade and Industry website, http://www.mti.gov.bw/index.php?view=article&catid=59:latest-news&id=242...