China’s Role in Infrastructure Development in Botswana
"Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, is often characterised as a major success story on the continent. Consistent economic growth, effective democratic institutions and strong forward planning contribute to the country’s overall reputation as a developmental state. Infrastructure development is always at the core of the national government’s longterm programme, which makes Botswana an attractive destination for foreign investment. A close examination of Chinese investment in Botswana highlights the diversity and complexity of Chinese engagement in this country. With its robust regulatory environment, coupled to a strong commitment to accountable and transparent practices, Botswana provides an illuminating perspective on China’s changing role in the infrastructure sector in Africa and the challenges it faces. The co-operation between Standard Bank of South Africa and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in financing the Morupule B Power Station project advances a new model of Chinese involvement in infrastructure development in Botswana that sets an example for the rest of Africa."