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Walking a Tight Rope to Economic Recovery “Restoring Fiscal Fitness for Sustained Inclusive Growth and Development”

A clear link was established between the 2017 National Budget speech and the medium-term Economic Recovery Programme dubbed “Zambia Plus”. The budget, in this regard, will be as a key instrument for establishing a foundation for economic recovery …

Trop Haut Trop Vite, Trop Fort? L’envolée du Prix des Minerais et des Métaux en Question / Too High, too Fast, too Loud? Questioning the Soaring Prices of Minerals and Metals

The prices of metals -most notably industrial metals- have risen significantly since January 2016, in contrast with 2014 and 2015, which were difficult years. This trend is due to substantial improvements in market fundamentals, both for demand and …

Too high, too Fast, too Loud? Questioning the Soaring Prices of Minerals and Metals

The prices of metals -most notably industrial metals- have risen significantly since January 2016, in contrast with 2014 and 2015, which were difficult years. This trend is due to substantial improvements in market fundamentals, both for demand an…

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 been…

Power Play: International Politics, Germany, South Africa and the FIFA World Cup

"The decision to bid for and host a mega sport event is largely a political one. Yet despite an increasing focus on socio-political implications, there is a pervasive notion that staging such an event will result in significant economic dividends fo…

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 inc…

BIDPA Briefing 2nd Quarter 2004

"In this BIDPA Briefing issue we discuss the trends in Botswana’s exports for the period 1997 to 2001 using the latest available data disaggregated at the 4 digit level of the Harmonised System (HS4). The high credit ratings that have been award…

BIDPA Briefing 1st Quarter 2004

"This BIDPA Briefing issue looks at the annual performance of the economy over the period from 1992/93 to the first half of 2003/04. Over the period, there has been a gradual transformation in structure of the economy. There is also evidence of the …

BIDPA Briefing 4th Quarter 2002

"This issue of the BIDPA Briefing gives a review of FDI inflows into Botswana which have been largely dominated by investment in manufacturing activity linked to the mining sector. Although investment in the mining sector has earned high rates of re…

BIDPA Briefing 3rd Quarter 2002

"In this issue of the briefing the impressive performance in the telecommunications sector is highlighted and the question is asked whether a precedent will be set for a broader microeconomic reform. Also discussed are the amendments to the African …

BIDPA Briefing 2nd Quarter 2002

"In this issue of the BIDPA briefing, we note that the newly introduced VAT, imposed on property transactions and building materials, and the long standing Transfer Duty appear less supportive of the National Housing Policy, and the Vision 2016 in t…

BIDPA Briefing 1st Quarter 2002

"In this issue of the BIDPA briefing, we note that the growth in government spending may be unsustainable if not complemented by a rise in the economy's productive capacity. This reinforces the need for the country to expedite its efforts to diversi…

BIDPA Briefing 4th Quarter 2001

"The 9th National Development Plan is under preparation. Such a plan provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to address the most critical policy issues facing the nation. The fight against HIV/AIDS and the need for sustainable diversification a…

BIDPA Briefing 2nd Quarter 2001

In this BIDPA Briefing the Botswana inflation rate is analyzed. It has persistently remained below South African core inflation since the latter part of 2000. This trend could partly be explained by the reduction in domestic inflationary pressures a…

BIDPA Briefing 2nd Quarter 2000

"In previous BIDPA Briefings, it was noted that the current boom has depended to a large extent on the high rate of increase in government spending. The continuation of the boom also largely depends, therefore, on whether or not the government incr…

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 show …

BIDPA Briefing 2nd Quarter 1999

"In the BIDPA Briefing for the first quarter of 1999, the real value of commercial bank lending actually fell during the early years of the boom. It only began to increase in real terms in 1998, and since then has been increasing very fast indeed.…

BIDPA Briefing 1st Quarter 1999

"The Botswana economy continues to show healthy growth across the board, driven by most of the major components of aggregate demand - government spending, consumer spending, and private investment. This continued high economic growth, which we estim…

BIDPA Briefing 4th Quarter 1998

"As 1998 drew to a close, the Botswana economy finally felt the impact of the global economic slowdown, with a sharp drop in diamond exports in the fourth quarter of the year. However,this has so far had little impact outside of the mining sector, w…

BIDPA Briefing 3rd Quarter 1998

"The global economic turmoil of recent months has so far not had a major effect on the Botswana economy. Despite tumbling stock markets all over the world, and the fear of global economic recession, the Botswana economy is performing well, particula…

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