"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 awarded to Botswana between 2001 and 2004 is also discussed. In this issue, greater focus is given to the factors that are considered in the rating process, how the factors may change and the implications such changes may have for the sustainability of the high ratings that Botswana has achieved. The Briefing highlights critical issues that policy makers and implementers need to address to maintain such favourable ratings into the future."