Botswana Guardian

Informal sector recovery uncertain

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Stanbic Bank Botswana’s quarterly economic review indicates that it is unclear how soon informal workers will bounce back, and if ( or when) they do, whether they will do so fully or partially. The report which was compiled By Dr Onkokame Mothobi and Dr Jonah Tlhalefang highlighte­d that COVID- 19 pandemic has quickly revealed the vulnerabil­ity of informal sector workers who are neither visible in social protection programs nor protected by formal sector employment, even though they make up the majority of workers in an economy. “This is a significan­t gap in the social protection system. Also, it is unclear how soon informal workers will bounce back, and if ( or when) they do, whether they will do so fully or partially.”

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