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Botswana: Govt Promised To Support Entertainment Industry

Government vows to give give full support to an organized domain helpful for the flourishing of entertainment industry, President Mokgweetsi Masisi has said.

Instructions the media on May 30, he said the part of government in supporting the matter of excitement to thrive couldn’t be overephasised.

The noteworthy execution of the private division driven media outlet could be additionally investigated through key associations with government to support financial development, the president said.

He said openings inside media outlets had not been completely outfit.

President Masisi noted that the industry was experiencing a huge slant and therefore needed to be resuscitated.

The resuscitation, he said, would be rolled out under close scrutiny to avoid any encroachment into laws currently in place.

The president said government would not be reckless in implementing the entertainment industry reforms saying there would be proper consultation at regional and physical planning levels.

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“The idea to consider the extension of the liquor trading hours will also be infused into the entertainment plan so that the industry can contribute to government’s job creation drive,” he said.

With a sustainable structure in place, President Masisi said, the entertainment industry could be a key player in transforming the country’s economy.

Meanwhile, Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Mr Thapelo Olopeng informed the media that government had lifted the ban on stadium festival usage and was in the process of reviewing security guidelines to ensure revellers’ safety.

Minister Olopeng said the use of glass bottles at festivals would be prohibited.

Regarding the reduction of the alcohol levy, he said government was developing terms of reference and would engage all stakeholders on the issue.

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