[Ch4204s3]3. Powers of the Minister to foster and
encourage Co-operative development
Minister in consultation with the Commissioner shall take such measures as he
may see fit for the registration and supervision of co-operative societies and
for the encouragement of the development of a self-reliant co-operative
movement providing for the economic interests and welfare of its members within
the framework of the policies for national development.
[Ch4204s4]4. Appointment of Commissioner
The Minister shall appoint by notice in the Gazette a Commissioner for
Co-operative Development and may appoint a Deputy Commissioner and Assistant
Commissioners for Co-operative Development along with such other persons as may
be necessary to assist the Commissioner in carrying out the purposes of this
Act; and the Minister may confer on any such persons all or any of the powers
of the Commissioner under this Act.
Any power or duty imposed on the Commissioner by this Act may be exercised or
performed by a Deputy Commissioner if-
(a) the Commissioner is unable to exercise or
perform that duty or power owing to illness or absence; or
(b) the Commissioner authorizes the Deputy
Commissioner in writing to exercise or perform that power or duty.
[Ch4204s5]5. Duties of Commissioner
The Commissioner shall-
(a) register co-operative societies and ensure
their compliance with this Act;
(b) encourage the formation of co-operative
societies by providing information on co-operative principles and practice and
by facilitating registration;
(c) assist the organisation and efficient
operation of co-operative societies;
(d) provide advice and training for officers of
co-operative societies, their members and employees;
(e) carry out such other duties as may be
assigned by this Act or the Minister.
The Commissioner shall present an annual report to the Minister on the
operation of this Act and the societies registered under it.
The Commissioner may establish consultative procedures with the co-operative
movement in Botswana to secure efficient co-operative development.
Where a secondary society has been registered under this Act which includes in
its objects the provision of educational and advisory services for co-operative
enterprises the Commissioner may authorize the secondary society to provide
information, assistance and advice on co-operative principles and practice, and
on co-operative management to facilitate the registration of a proposed society
and the efficient operation of existing societies.
[Ch4204s6]6. Register of co-operative societies
Commissioner shall keep or cause to be kept at his office a register of
co-operative societies in which shall be entered particulars relating to the
registration of societies and their bye-laws, and which shall be open to
inspection by the public at all reasonable times and free of charge.
[Ch4204s7]7. Form of register
The Commissioner shall maintain such registers as may be necessary to carry out
the provisions of this Act.
The Minister may by regulation prescribe the form in which such registers shall
Until such time as any new register may be prepared and opened, the
Commissioner shall continue to keep the register in use immediately prior to
the commencement of this Act.