Botswana is considered to be one of the least corrupt countries in the SADC region and as such Botswana has served as the pilot in the implementation of some of the activities under the BAAC initiative such as the development of codes of conduct for the Private Sector in Botswana. While Botswana has not officially launched the BAAC initiative, Botswana has been involved to a great extent in the BAAC initiative beginning with first consultative meeting that was held on the third of March 2009 in Gaborone, Botswana. It is hoped that Botswana will officially launch the BAAC National Chapter this year.
The Botswana Business Action Against Corruption (BAAC) on Monday 26th September 2011 launched their code of conduct for the private sector. The launch was held at Business Ethics workshop jointly organized by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) and the Botswana Confederation of Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) with support from the Southern Africa Trust Hub. Following the launch, it is expected that several companies that have ratified the code will sign up to the code.
The Business Ethics workshop, under the theme “Business Ethics: A key to Global Competitiveness” featured discussions on diverse issues relating to business and ethics with input from presenters from countries such as South Africa, Malawi and the host Botswana. The workshop took place at Phakalane Golf Estate.
HURIDETSA conducted a consultative meeting on the development of codes of conduct and establishment of a BAAC national chapter in Botswana with member organisations and companies under The Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) and The Directorate on Corruption and economic Crimes (DCEC). The meeting was held on 3 March 2009 in Gaborone. The meeting was well attended with key representatives from the private sector, while DCEC represented the public sectors.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and develop consensus on, the possibility of the establishment of a BAAC national chapter in Botswana; develop consensus on the way forward in respect of the developed codes of conduct (especially for the private sector) and see how best they can be rolled out and if possible replicated throughout the SADC region; examine the possibility of the ratings framework and whether it can also be adopted in the Botswana context. The meeting was also used to explore the existing anti-corruption programmes of government and the business sector in Botswana, with a view to informing a process for the establishment of a BAAC chapter in Botswana.
Some of the main outcomes of this meeting were the general high level of interest and reception to the idea of establishing of a BAAC national chapter in Botswana by both the private and public sector bodies in Botswana. Both BOCCIM and DCEC pledged to raise awareness of the BAAC initiative and creating the necessary by-in to the development codes of conduct for both the private and public sector. BOCCIM and DCEC have developed a draft code of conduct and it is hoped that the BAAC initiative will see these codes being adopted and coming in to use. The meeting also agreed that there was a need to consider putting in place an integrity rating framework which ensures monitoring of compliance to the codes of conduct once they come into use.
As a follow up to the first consultative meeting that was held in March 2009, a follow up consultative meeting was held with DCEC, BOCCIM and Maphanyane and Associates. This meeting was held on 26 November 2009. The purpose of the meeting was to:
The stakeholders agreed that the consultant should start working on the codes of conduct and a draft should be in place by end of February 2010. The consultant agreed that he would widely consult with all the relevant stakeholders, institutions, companies and organizations working in the private sector of Botswana to input into the development of the Draft Codes of Conduct for the private sector in Botswana. DCEC pledged to handle all cost related to the consultations workshop to be conducted by the consultant. HURIDETSA was to handle to payment of the consultant's fees.
A stakeholder draft code of conduct review meeting was held on 16 February 2010 in Gaborone Botswana. The main purpose of this meeting was to give an opportunity to the various private sector, companies, institutions, and organizations to input into the draft codes of conduct for the Botswana private sector developed by the consultant. The meeting was well attended by key representatives from private sector and also the public sector. Over 30 participants were able to input into the draft codes of conduct presented by the Mr. Maphanyane of Maphanyane and Associates, the consultant who was engaged to develop codes of conduct.
Key stakeholders, i.e. representatives from the private and public sector in Botswana were able to make comments and input into the draft code of conduct. Stakeholders felt that the code of conduct must take into consideration provisions of the national laws as this will assist in the implementation of the codes of conduct.
Botswana will officially launch the BAAC National Chapter in 2010.
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