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Botswana's Enabling Environment for Economic Diversification: Plugging the Holes

"Botswana’s enabling environment for investment was assessed in a Report prepared by BIDPA and World Bank entitled “Diversifying Botswana’s Exports: An Overview” (2005). This Policy Brief presents the main findings of that assessment. It focuses o...

Abundant Resource Endowment: A Basis for Successful Economic Diversification

"This policy brief discusses the reasons for pessimism in resource-based economic development, resulting in failure to achieve economic diversification and sustainable economic growth. It then looks at why resource abundance can support successful...

Coal Exports and the Diversification of Botswana's Economy

"The paper considers the opportunities and risks associated with the development of Botswana’s steam coal export sector. Given the very high coal prices on world markets achieved over the last decade together with the growing demand in India and C...

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...

Natural Resource Management in Sub Saharan Africa: Consequences and Policy Options for Africa

"The complexity of harnessing natural resources aside, it has to be done for the benefit of countries in Africa and their citizens. It is this realisation of the central importance that can be played by harnessing natural resources for growth tha...

Impact of China - Africa Investment Relations: The Case of Zambia

"Chinese investments in Zambia are primarily resource seeking and have been concentrated in the mining sector. There are investments in construction, trading manufacturing sectors too. The growth of these investments has been steady over the year ...

To Bélinga or not to Bélinga? China's evolving engagement in Gabon's mining sector

"Gabon’s recent ambition to reduce its dependency on oil revenue by diversifying its economy coincides with China’s growing investment in resource-rich African countries. Within the wide range of Sino–Gabonese co-operation, the mining sector – an...

Determinants of Non-Mining Private Investment in Botswana

"The paper seeks to identify factors influencing and determinants of non-mining private investment in Botswana. It presents various studies conducted in other countries with modified assumptions to suit Botswana economy. It makes policy recommenda...

BIDPA Annual Report 1999/2000

"The end of the financial year 1999/2000 marks the end of BIDPA's fifth year of operation. There has been an increase in the demand for BIDPA's services regionally, which is an indication that the Institute's reputation and visibility is gaining r...

BIDPA Annual Report 2001/2002

"While BIDPA continues to make progress in policy advice to both Government and private sectors, there are challenges that lie ahead in transforming the Botswana economy, particularly as Government strives to diversify the economy. The other chall...

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...

The Costs and Pricing of Tourism in Zambia: The Case of Livingstone

"Tourism is potentially one of Zambia’s best prospects for economic diversification and growth. The tourism sector has the potential to play an increasingly important role in stimulating economic growth by contributing to job creation, foreign exc...

BIDPA Annual Report 2013-2014

"This report covers research activities undertaken by the Institute through its five broad areas of Trade and International Economics; Macroeconomic Modeling and Forecasting; Microeconomics; Incomes, welfare and Poverty; and Public Sector Reforms....

What Role for Natural Resources in Botswana's Quest for Economic Diversification?

"Botswana is typically perceived as a development anomaly on the continent. With a stable democracy and strong economic growth since 1966, the country’s success is in danger of being taken for granted. Diamond revenues are likely to decline in ...

Implications of the Global Commodity Price Slump for Zambia’s Agriculture Commentary

This Regional Economic Outlook report focuses broadly on two aspects, namely the commodity price slump as well as sustainable growth and financial development. Many key insights are offered as well as broad policy recommendations. The report makes...

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