Botswanan president appoints 24-member cabinet

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-07 17:04:22|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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GABORONE, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Botswanan President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Wednesday appointed a 24-member cabinet, his acting permanent secretary Elias Magosi announced.

Six of the cabinet members are women, which can contribute to the effort to ensure Botswanan women enjoy equal opportunities to take part in the country's decision-making process, Magosi told Xinhua by phone.

According to Magosi, to meet its economic challenges, the government of the southern African country is endeavoring to diversify its economy which is heavily dependent on mining, especially diamond mining.

"Most of the appointees are technocrats who understand business and investment like the back of their palm. I am hopeful that investors will flock into the country and deal with unemployment," said Anthony Morima, a local political analyst.

Botswana's current unemployment rate is estimated at 17.4 percent with the majority of the jobless being young people.

During his inauguration last week, Masisi said one of his key priorities is to ensure the creation of sustainable job opportunities.

He added the public sector will work closely with the private sector in key sectors including agriculture, mining, tourism and pharmaceuticals.