Local Government critical for development

Local Government is a critical component of the implementation process because it involves service delivery giving a direct link to those being served.

This was said by the President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama Tuesday at the official opening of the commonwealth local government conference held at Gaborone International Convention Centre(GICC).

Khama revealed that the conference is an important principal vehicle and platform for member countries to share experiences with national stakeholders and development partners to progressively enhance local governments as an essential playes in driving inclusive and sustainable service delivery and local development.

The conference, themed 'Local Government 2030: Achieving the vision,' was said to be more appropriate and timely by Khama who said it clearly recognizes the role of empowered developmental Local Governments play in achieving the goals and targets of the Sustainable Development Goal's (SGDs) agenda by 2030.

"We are aware that a decentralized governance framework and empowered local governments and communities are critical to the localization of national development," stressed Khama

The Commonwealth Local Government Federation(CLGF) chairperson, Lawrence Yule said he is proud that CLGF has contributed significantly to the strategic thinking of commonwealth countries to ensure that Local Government play a direct role in the implementation of the new sustainable development goals, the SGD'S, and in developing the concepts of the localizing SGDs and of localizing resources.

"It is encouraging that there is formal agreement that all levels of government-including the sub-national-have a role in implementing the SDGs, that there is support for addressing issues of capacity and resources; and that a dedicated SDG on cities and human settlements is proposed," asserted Yule.