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Botswana

Botswana

Population: 2.03 mn.
GDP: $16.30 bn.
Debt: $2.43 bn.
Overview:

Opposition hopes that President Seretse Khama Ian Khama may reign in the widely-feared Directorate of Intelligence Services in his second term are likely to be disappointed. Renewed clashes with unions are likely but diamond output will drive GDP growth of around 5.6%.

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BDP squeaks back in

Despite a hint of dirty tricks the ruling party won the election fairly, yet with a reduced majority

Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama begins his second five-year term of office when Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo swears him in as President today. The Botswana Democratic...


Full steam ahead

President Ian Khama Seretse Khama and the governing Botswana Democratic Party will romp home in October’s general elections. Disquiet over Lieutenant General Khama’s au...


Khama disappoints on San

Hopes that President Ian Khama Seretse Khama might adopt a more accommodating policy on the small San (Bushman) community have been dashed. Botswana continues to receive plaudits f...


Khama talks tough

Chinese construction companies may lose out on future government contracts after problems at the Morupule B power plant

In the last few years, Chinese builders have won contracts for more than 18 government-funded infrastructure projects for roads, stadiums‚ schools‚ hospitals‚ airports and public b...


Murky glass houses

President Ian Khama has been slow to stamp out shadowy deals between Chinese investors and government institutions, in particular the murky business of the 500 million pula (US$62 ...


Glittering prospects

The government does all it can to tempt foreign investors into diamonds, and other mining projects, too

As parliamentary elections approach in 2014, Botswana’s divided opposition parties cannot complain about the economy. The biggest gesture of confidence came from diamond giant De B...


Shift that coal

To diversify the economy away from its almost total dependence on diamonds, Botswana is pinning its hopes on coal.


Threats to Khama fade

Opposition parties are unable to form an alliance capable of ousting the governing Botswana Democratic Party

In spite of the serious split in the Botswana Democratic Party in 2010, opposition parties cannot form a broad electoral alliance, the only way to end the BDP’s long reign at the g...


Construction fraud trio go free

A corruption trial involving managers of Chinese construction companies has fizzled out, at least for now. The three – erstwhile China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation G...


In a spin

The governing Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) faces a serious threat after its Barata-Phati (‘those who love the party’) faction walked out and launched the Botswana Movement for D...


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