Botswana

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INFORMATION

Capital: Gabarone

Government: Parliamentary Republic

Current President: Mokgweetsi Masisi

Economy:

  • Botswana has enjoyed one of the fastest growth rates per capita income in the world since independence.
  • Since 1980’s, the country has been the world’s largest producer of gem-quality diamonds.  As such, diamond mining will continue to be the mainstay of Botswana’s economy, with known current reserves sufficient for at least the next 20 years.

Population: 2,214,858 (2017)

Land Size: 581,730 sq km (224,607 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Tswana (or Setswana): 79%
  • Kalanga: 11%
  • Basarwa: 3%
  • Other, including Kgalagadi and white: 7%
Religions:

  • Christian: 71.6%
  • Badimo(indigenous African religion): 6%
  • Other: 1.4%
  • Unspecified: 0.4%
  • None: 20.6%

Language(s):

  • Setswana: 78.2%
  • Kalanga: 7.9%
  • Sekgalagadi: 2.8%
  • English (official): 2.1%
  • Other: 8.6%
  • Unspecified: 0.4%

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Feb 15, 2019: Khama Enumerates Youth Opportunities - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development Mr Tshekedi Khama has encouraged youth leaders of different political parties to take advantage of government initiatives and policies targetting young people.
  • Fri - Feb 15, 2019: Residents Commend Bitri/UNDP for Biogas Digester - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [Botswana Daily News] Moshupa -Residents of Moshupa have commended Botswana Institute for Technology, Research and Innovation (BITRI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for manufacturing a biogas digester for use by communities to produce clean energy.
  • Fri - Feb 15, 2019: Farmers Urge Ministry to Re-Visit Baits Initiative - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [Botswana Daily News] Maun -Ngamiland farmers have urged Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security to re-visit Botswana Animal Information and Traceability System (BAITS) initiative and ensure smooth implementation.
  • Thu - Feb 14, 2019: Masisi, Khama Same are the Same - Saleshando - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [The Patriot] Botswana Congress Party (BCP) is not blinded by what they perceive as President Mokgweetsi Masisi's populist gestures to endear himself to the people. To them Masisi is just like old wine in a new bottle.
  • Thu - Feb 14, 2019: Govt Fights 'Tax Haven' Tag - AllAfrica News: Botswana
    [The Patriot] The Minister of Finance and Economic Development Kenneth Matambo has told Parliament his ministry is working to comply with international standards and remove any perception that Botswana could be a tax haven.