GUIDELINES COVID-19 RELIEF FUND ( BOTSWANA)
11 Apr, 2020
As part of the comprehensive national response to the threat of COVID-19 Pandemic (Corona Virus), the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MFED) established a Special Fund, known as the “COVID-19 Pandemic (Corona Virus) Relief Fund”.
The Fund provides financial resources to cater for the procurement of national relief supplies; evacuation cost for citizens outside Botswana; national publicity outreach programmes; relief of selected industries or sectors; public counselling centres or facilities; additional staff to support health professionals and an economic stimulus package post COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Presidential Directive CAB 9(A)/2020 dated 25 March 2020,directed the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to urgently mobilise P2 000 000 000 (Two Billion Pula) through transfers from Special Funds and appropriation from the Consolidated Fund and that the funds be paid into the COVID- 9 Pandemic (Corona Virus) Relief Fund. More funding is also being mobilized through the private sector, civil society organizations, development partners and the community at large.
SCOPE OF THE FISCAL INTERVENTIONS
The proposed fiscal interventions for Botswana fall into a
number of categories, as follows:
a) Wage subsidies
b) Loan guarantees
c) Build-up of Strategic Reserves such as Grain (maize,
Sorghum, pulses); Water (bowsers, trucks, water tanks); and
d) Psycho-social support e.g counselling
f) The evacuation cost of citizens who are currently outside
g) The national publicity outreach programme
h) Additional staff to support health professionals
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