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An Evaluation of ICT Policy Developments in Botswana

An Evaluation of ICT Policy Developments in Botswana
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Author(s): Segomotso Masegonyana Keakopa (University of Botswana, Botswana)and Kelvin Joseph Bwalya (University of Botswana, Botswana)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 14
Source title: Handbook of Research on Information Communication Technology Policy: Trends, Issues and Advancements
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Esharenana E. Adomi (Delta State University, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-847-0.ch001


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This chapter provides an evaluation of ICT policy developments in Botswana. In particular, it highlights major advancements in areas of national ICT policy development and its implementation in the country. The country’s National ICT policy, Maitlamo, has been a significant factor in driving ICTs in the country. The chapter asserts that opportunities in ICT development in the country are evidenced by not only implementation of the policy but further by greater investment of financial resources by the government and the role of the private sector. Further, the chapter argues that while implementation of the national ICT policy has brought achievements in liberalisation and expansion of public services in rural areas, there are still a number of challenges to address if universal access has to be achieved. Among these are unavailability of ICT services in rural areas, high costs of the technology and the lack of public awareness on the use of technology. Proposals made at the end of the chapter call for the government to speed implementation of ICT policy, form stronger partnerships with the public sector and further balance the role of BTC vis a vis other players so that the playing field is leveled.

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