The seven Pillars of Botswana's National Vision 2016 are depicted below with major keywords. The Botswana National Vision Council is providing the full version.
An Educated, Informed Nation
Education: system of quality education - empower citizens to become the best producers of goods and services - produce entrepreneurs who will create employment through the establishment of new enterprises - life skills - partnership between the public and private sectors - Botswana's wealth of different languages and cultural traditions will be recognised, supported and strengthened.
Information: entered the information age on an equal footing with other nations - best available information technology - regional leader in the production and dissemination of information - developed its communication capacity, particularly in the electronic media, radio and television - culture of transparency and accountability - use and apply the potential of computer equipment.
An Open, Democratic and Accountable Nation
Open, Transparent Governance: community oriented democracy, with strong decentralised institutions - emphasise the accountability of all citizens - regular free and unfettered competition for political office at every level.
Attitude and Quality of Leadership: morally and ethically upright, educated society - increased political tolerance, and legal sanction against those who violate the principles of accountability at all levels of leadership.
A Moral and Tolerant Nation
Morality and Deterioration of National Values: cultivate and preserve national moral and cultural values in the face of rapid social change.
"Give Me"' Attitude: creativity and effort of ordinary people with the vitality of the private sector provide the vital engine for development and growth.
Tolerance: collective identity based upon shared values and a respect for ethnic or cultural differences; or differing views or religious beliefs.
Unity and Pride: Botswana contains a diversity of tribes with different languages that are not equally recognised, and there are signs of disunity and separateness. It is vital to meet the challenge of building a united nation that harnesses this diversity. There is a challenge to instil pride and ownership as well as responsibility for attributes associated with Botswana, especially amongst the young.
A United and Proud Nation
Sharing Common Goals: based on a common heritage, national pride and a desire for stability - diverse mix of cultures, languages, traditions and peoples sharing a common destiny - ethnic integration and full partnership to create a nation in harmony with itself - equitably distributed prosperity in a caring environment.
Family Values, Traditions and History: emphasis on a strong family unit - encourage responsible parenting and the institution of marriage - social foundation for the eradication of problems such as the high incidence of teenage pregnancies, adultery, prostitution, street children and the spread of HIV.
A Safe and Secure Nation
Crime-Free Society: zero tolerance for criminal activities - white-collar crime will be curbed - confidence in institutions for law enforcement and public protection - trained police officers - small, alert, trained, disciplined and accountable army.
A Prosperous, Productive and Innovative Nation
Excellence: society distinguished by the pursuit of excellence through a new culture of hard work and discipline - where effort is rewarded and where the necessary skills are available - where business and entrepreneurial activities are encouraged and supported - actively contributing to the scientific and technological civilisation of the future.
Sustainable Growth and Diversification: diversified economy, with mining, agriculture, industry, manufacturing, services and tourism - vibrant and energetic economy - attract investors - sustainable utilisation of natural resources - developed the role of women - macro economic balance, with stable monetary, exchange rate and fiscal policies - partnership arrangements between local and foreign investors.
The Environment: fully integrated approach towards conservation and development - key natural resources and assets will be equitably distributed between its people - communities will be involved in the use and preservation of their environmental assets - fair distribution between present and future generations - eradication of poverty - wildlife of Botswana will be managed for the sustainable benefit of the local communities, and in the interests of the environment as a whole - strong measures to limit the pollution - building of parks and gardens for recreational purposes - clean and unuttered surroundings.
GDP per Capita: trebled its per capita income to a level of the equivalent of US$8,500 in real terms - average annual growth rate of some 6 per cent in real per capita incomes - overall growth rate of the economy 8 per cent per year - population growing at 2.1% - very high level of investment, at about 41 per cent of GDP incl. inflow of foreign capital.
Employment: full employment, where the total number of jobs available in the formal or informal sectors is in balance with the number of job seekers - gender distribution amongst the employed will be equitable and fair at all levels - equitable distribution of resources.
Housing and Shelter: good quality basic shelter, either in the urban or in the rural areas.
A Compassionate, Just and Caring Nation
Income Distribution, Poverty, and Social Safety Net: more equitable income distribution - participation of as many people as possible in its economic success - policy and measures that increase the participation – economic growth in a distributive manner that creates sustainable jobs - compassionate and caring society - including all people in the benefits of growth - eradicated absolute poverty - access to productive resources, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, disability or misfortune - social safety net - provision of good quality social security, in partnership with the private sector and NGOs.
Health: access to good quality health facilities, including both primary and curative services within reasonable travelling distance - mental health treatment accessible to all - facilities for the special needs of the disabled, for women in adolescence or post menopause, and the elderly - adequate nutrition for all citizens - good quality sanitation - adequate supply of safe water for human needs - fully equipped and able to deal with unexpected epidemics, or the outbreak of new and hitherto unknown diseases - potential of traditional and spiritual healing systems will be fully tapped and utilised in cooperation with modern medical practices, within the framework of modern law.
HIV / AIDS: spread of the HIV virus that causes AIDS will have been stopped - no new infections - access to good quality treatment in the health facilities, community, or the workplace so that they can continue to live full and productive lives for as long as possible.