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Factors Affecting Botswana's Competitiveness

"This brief note examines Botswana’s competitive position and implications in light of the rankings Botswana attained from the 2011/12 GCR and earlier years. The analysis provides a comparison of Botswana’s performance and those of other countries...

SACU Revenue Sharing Formula: Towards a developmental agreement

"The South African Customs Union (SACU) Revenue Sharing Formula (RSF) has been revised substantively twice; once in 1969 and in 1994-2002 since the creation of the customs union in 1910 and each time the changes in the treaty were a reflection ...

Key Issues in the Textile and Clothing Sector in Botswana

'The paper considers the performance of the textile and clothing sector in Botswana, and reviews various national and international incentive schemes aimed at developing textile and clothing exports. The analysis shows that the policies and prefer...

BIDPA Newsletter December 2007

"The publication of the newsletter is one of BIDPA’s many efforts to disseminate research finding to its stakeholders and create awareness of critical socio-economic development issues at both the macro and micro levels. In this issue the followi...

Signing of the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement

"This BIDPA Brief will consider primarily the commercial considerations in the signing of the IEPA on the 4th June 2009 in Brussels, but these inevitably overlap with Botswana’s sovereign political interests. While the Brief considers the position...

BIDPA Briefing December 2001

"The fourth World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference was held in Doha on the 9-14 November 2001 to discuss a number of key trade issues. The meeting marked a major turning point for the world trading system, after the collapse of the ...

BIDPA Briefing The New Policy on Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises

"Overall the new SMME policy is a mixed bag, with some good elements that should have a positive impact on the sector, but with some missed opportunities to make that impact even greater. One characteristic of the Task Force recommendations that ...

Macroeconomic Policy and Trade Integration in Southern Africa

"Macroeconomic policy convergence may not be strictly necessary for countries within a regional trading arrangement to trade with each other using their existing economic capacity. The argument of this paper is that macro convergence around low ra...

Welfare Impacts of Import Controls in Botswana’s Horticulture

"The primary objective of this paper is to quantify the welfare impacts of import controls in Botswana’s horticulture. The paper contributes in three ways. Firstly, by quantifying the impact of import controls, it adds to the current understanding...

Challenges for Agricultural Diversification in Botswana under the Proposed SADC EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

"This paper examines the challenges Botswana’s Agriculture is likely to face under the EU/ACP Economic Partnership Agreement(EPA). While the sector has witnessed some diversification in the past, such success was, however, induced by the provisi...

Deepening Integration in Botswana - a Benchmark for the Region

"The basic objective of the study, is to provide a broad stock-taking of the status of the policy frameworks of Botswana, especially with respect to the targets set out in the Memorandum of Understanding on Macroeconomic Stability and Convergence,...

The Potential for Export Diversification in Botswana

"The analysis presented in this overview report concluded that while the international market for ostrich products remains buoyant, it is also highly volatile. As a niche product, ostrich meat it is subject to shifting consumer preferences simi...

SACU Revenue Sharing Formula: The History of An Equation

"The purpose of this paper is to examine the evolution of the SACU revenue sharing formula (RSF) and what implications it has had on the revenue of Botswana as well as the other small state members of the customs union that include Lesotho, Namibi...

Assessment of Botswana’s Services Sector A Study for the BTPP/BIDPA

"This report provides an assessment of Botswana’s services sector with the aim to identify possible options, in particular in the case of ongoing regional and multilateral services trade negotiations, to support further exports of services from B...

Performance and Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Enterprises in Botswana

"This study assessed whether SMEs in Botswana have the institutional support that allows them to be competitive both domestically and internationally. Ironically, the results indicate that SMEs in Botswana generally have a lot of institutional su...

Botswana Textile and Apparel Sub Sector Study

"The textile and apparel industry has been through a number of growth cycles followed by periods of retraction. It would appear that it is now consolidating following the closures brought about by the retraction of the FAP and is poised for a per...

Botswana Automomotive Sector Study

"This survey of the major exporters has suggested the advantages as well as disadvantages, of locating production in Botswana for export processing. Despite the disadvantages of a weak industrial base, the decision to locate the production/assembl...

Prospects for Export Diversification in Botswana

"This study does not treat export diversification as an enclave issue that is somehow disconnected from the rest of the economy. For example, reform of Government monopolies in telecommunications and air travel is not a new issue. However, we pres...

A National Trade Policy for Botswana: Zero Draft and Consultations

"Trade policy plays a key role in the flow of goods and services both within and between countries. The former is called domestic trade while the latter is called international trade. The focus of this study will be on international trade. Countri...

Botswana Beef Exports and Trade Policy

"The Botswana beef export industry is in crisis. The recent financial difficulties of the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) have been exacerbated by temporary factors – notably the recent drought and the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) resu...

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