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BIDPA Briefing 1st Quarter 2005

"This issue of the BIDPA Briefing discusses the sectoral performance of the economy during the decade to 2003/04. Mining and Government sectors posted strong growth rates. They accounted for 38 percent and 18 percent, respectively, of the total i...

BIDPA Briefing 1st Quarter 2000

"As noted in the BIDPA Briefing on the 2000 Budget, the Government plans to reduce the rate of growth of government spending quite drastically. The budget estimates for 2000/01 show that government spending will increase by only 3%, compared with...

BIDPA Briefing 4th Quarter 1999

"The Botswana economy continues to grow rapidly. There is a possibility, however, that growth will slow down. According to NDP8, development spending should have been cut back in the current budget year, but was budgeted to increase substantially....

BIDPA Briefing 3rd Quarter 1999

"In this issue, the economic forecasts were extended out to the end of the year 2000. Obviously these are subject to much uncertainty and will be revised over time, but it is hoped that they will prove to be useful and informative. They mostly sho...

2014/15 Botswana Government Budget: Briefing Note

"The budget briefing note provides an assessment of the 2014/15 national (Botswana) budget allocations presented to the Parliament. The main features are discussed with emphasis on the implications for the fiscal and growth strategy given the deve...

Synthetic Gem Quality Diamonds and their Potential Impact on the Botswana Economy

"This paper considers the development of synthetic gem quality diamonds and the potential impact on Botswana, the world’s largest producer of mined diamonds by value. The paper considers the rapid growth of CVD diamonds in the past 20 years and ar...

Gender and Political Representation In Botswana

This policy brief examines the level of participation of women in the electoral process of Botswana. Women are poorly represented in decision making bodies and this has far reaching implications. Equal participation is necessary for social, politi...

Botswana Social Protection Assessment

"The purpose of this assessment is to inform Botswana’s future social protection and labor strategy and policies and help to achieve the goals of Vision 2016. The assessment concentrates on social assistance programs as major reforms are already t...

2015/16 National Budget Analysis

"The briefing identifies key areas for further improvement towards a more result oriented growth path, given the current budget propositions. The briefing recommends that to enhance delivery on outcomes for budget support, more effort and rigour s...

The Impact of Trading With China on Botswana's Economy

"The objective of this paper is to examine the impact of trading with China on Botswana’s domestic and third markets. The paper also assesses the structure and magnitude of Botswana-China bilateral trade. Botswana’s trade balance with China has be...

Inflation Dynamics in Botswana and Bank of Botswana's Medium-Term Objective Range

"This study is motivated by the high and unpredictable episodes of inflation in Botswana over the last 20 years. This is despite the Bank of Botswana's concerted effort to keep inflation at its minimum and stable over time. More specifically, the ...

Towards a Diversified Economy: A Preliminary Assessment of the Potential, Prospects and Challenges of Electricity Exports from Botswana

"The paper assesses the prospects and challenges of coal-fired power exports in Botswana. Specifically, the study analyses how supply factors, that is, resource availability; environmental concerns; infrastructure and technology as well as demand ...

Export Competitiveness of Botswana’s Beef Industry

"We investigate Botswana’s beef export competitiveness using indices of Revealed Comparative Advantage (RCA) and data for the period 1961-2011. Results indicate that Botswana has been the most competitive SADC beef exporter, and that it has compar...

Examining Evidence of Feminization of Poverty in Botswana

"Poverty in Botswana is more pronounced in female-headed households (FHHs) especially those residing in rural areas where employment opportunities are limited. Similarly, the proportion of the FHHs to the total poor increased between 2002/03 and ...

Determinants of Household Welfare and Poverty in Botswana, 2002/03 and 2009/10

"This paper investigates household determinants of welfare and poverty in Botswana. Using the 2002/03 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) and the 2009/10 Botswana Core Welfare Indicator Survey (BCWIS), and employing regression analysis,...

A Simple Formula for Forecasting the Botswana Urban Population Total

"The aim of the present paper is to establish a simple functional relationship linking urbanisation and economic growth. The paper consequently focuses on the interplay between developments in urban population and basic economic variables, with th...

Policy Seminar on Competition, Productivity and Privatisation: Summary Report

"This report is a summary of proceedings and presentations during a policy seminar on "Competition, Productivity and Privatisation" organised by Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) and Botswana National Productivity Centre (...

Economic Development and the Water Situation in Southern Africa

"This paper aims at exploring the links between macroeconomics/economic development and the demand /supply balance for water in Southern Africa. The authors starts by briefly describing the water situation in Southern Africa and then consider the ...

Diversification in Botswana's Agricultural Sector: Issues, Prospects and Challenges

"The objective of this paper was to provide background information for in depth studies on diversification in Botswana's agricultural sector. The paper indicates that agriculture has declined in relative economic importance since independence in 1...

Poverty Assessment and Poverty Alleviation in Botswana

"This paper examines the nature and extent of poverty using the Household Income and Expenditure Survey 1984/85 and 1993/94 and goes on to give a synoptic view of Government's poverty alleviation strategies in which six policies and programs are r...

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