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BIDPA Annual Report 2003/4

"Achieving the objectives set during 2003 has not been easy. The Institute should raise revenue to sustain its operational programmes. Yet, it is also expected that the Institute should address non income generating policy issues. On the other han...

North-South: Issues : the Cancun Summit and other 1981 Negotiations

“The troublesome question of North –South negotiations has been the focus for much attention and speculation in the recent past. Much of this was the direct result of the meeting between representatives of the developed (North) and the developing ...

Zimbabwe before and after the elections: A concerned assessment

An economic turnaround in Zimbabwe hinges on the re-establishment of the rule of law and, more immediately the staging of free and fair presidential elections by March 2002. The opportunity to facilitate this, and the role of the SADC and SA is ke...

The Zimbabwe Economy: How has it survived and how will it recover?

Zimbabwe is facing its most testing time ever with the combined problems of a breakdown of law and order, an economy in crisis, international isolation and a famine caused by land resettlements and drought. The deterioration of the economic situat...

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 ...

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 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 awa...

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 th...

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 ...

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 Africa...

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...

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 diver...

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...

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...

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 in...

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...

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 indee...

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 est...

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,...

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, particu...

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