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Botswana

Botswana

Population: 2.25 mn.
GDP: $15.58 bn.
Debt: $2.10 bn.

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Diamonds lose their shine

Rich people are not buying jewels, so Botswana's budget is in deficit and its people are losing their jobs

The global economic downturn has hit Botswana hard. Decades of diamond-led economic expansion have ground to a halt, as people buy fewer gems (AC Vol 49 No 8). The slump became evi...


Don't blame me!

President Khama's 90% approval rating may not guarantee him an easy victory at the October elections

So far, there are few signs that electors blame the government for the recession and the governing Botswana Democratic Party seems set to win again at the October elections. Yet th...


New man, new discipline

Ian Khama calmly takes over the presidency as bigger neighbours struggle with successions and elections

Southern Africa's model democracy shamed its neighbours with the dignified inauguration of its new president on 1 April. Lieutenant General Ian Khama Seretse Khama quickly stamped ...


Diamond power

Economic diversification is the centrepiece of President Ian Khama's strategy and its first test will be in the diamond business. Botswana, the world's biggest producer of diamonds...


Inscrutable Khama

Vice-President Lieutenant General Ian Khama Seretse Khama, who is to take over as head of state within weeks, is a remarkably secretive politician. Even outgoing President Festus M...


Smiling all the way

Botswana will now market diamonds but De Beers' latest move may not please the neighbours

Smiles wreathed the faces of President Festus Mogae and the De Beers' Chairman, Nicky Oppenheimer, as they confirmed the De Beers-Botswana diamond partnership for the next quarter ...


Khama digs in

President-in-Waiting Ian Khama Seretse Khama strengthened his position at July 's national congress of the governing Botswana Democratic Party, of which he is Chairman (AC Vol 46 N...


Factions and fractions

A bitter race looms for the Secretary Generalship of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) at its national congress on 21-23 July in Serowe. A compromise offered by Vice-Presi...


For the greater Good

By trying to expel an academic critic, the government is risking its reputation

A 72-year-old Australian academic is resisting a deportation order and calling into question Botswana's much-valued reputation as Africa's leading democracy. On 18 February Preside...


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