Botswana

Capital: Gaborone ; GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : 2.9%
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Key Facts

  • Africa: Making Things Happen at the Bank - 'Not a Talk Shop' - Akin Adesina

    2017/07/02

    Dr. Akinwumi Adesina is focusing on five areas to achieve the African and world goals for a prosperous continent since becoming president of the African Development Bank - Africa's major public financial institution in September 2015. He was a keynote speaker at this month's Corporate Council on Africa's U.S.- Africa Business Summit in Washington D.C. and moderated a lively panel with five African government ministers. He as well received the Gene White Lifetime Succcess Award from the World Child Nutrition Foundation. This week, he was named the 2017 recipient of the World Food Prize, a prestigious honor that includes a $250,000 award. In an interview in Washington, DC, Adesina discussed the Development Bank's ambitious schedule and his vision for attracting the increase capital Africa needs. Posting questions for AllAfrica was Noluthando Crockett-Ntonga.

  • Climate change laws around the world

    2017/05/14

    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • 'Let's get more travel stories on Africa by Africans'

    2016/07/23

    This month actor Louise Linton caused a social media storm at the same time as an extract of her African gap year memoir was published by the Telegraph and was widely panned online for being a tick inventory of cliches and stereotypes in the way the west has always liked to portray the continent. On Twitter, #LintonLies, set up by Zambian writer Lydia Ngoma, was trending as people started to pour scorn on Linton’s version of certain events and her take on life there. Think: “close encounters with lions”, “brutal tales of rape and murder,” and 12-inch long spiders, which would be terrifying, though they only exist in Laos.

  • Outlook for 2016-17

    2016/09/03

    The country (Botswana) is situated in Southern Africa, north of South Africa.  It has borders with Namibia for 1360km, South Africa for 1840km and Zimbabwe for 813km.
    Land in Botswana is predominantly flat to gently rolling tableland; Kalahari Desert in southwest. Botswana (singular), Batswana (plural) land covers an area of 600370 km²

    The climate is semiarid with warm winters and hot summers. Botswana (singular), Batswana (plural) speak Setswana 78.2%, Kalanga 7.9%, Sekgalagadi 2.8%, English 2.1% (official), other 8.6%, unspecified 0.4%

    OVERVIEW

    The pace of economic increase has slowed reflecting weak request for mineral exports and a gloomy outlook for the world economy.
    Increase prospects look promising, but the weak pickup in world increase, subdued commodity prices and persistent electricity supply problems pose substantial downside risks.

  • Gaborone (Bostwana)

    2012/12/05

    Gaborone is the capital and major city of Botswana with a people of 231,626 based on the 2011 census, about 10% of the total people of Botswana. Its agglomeration is home to 421,907 inhabitants at the 2011 census.
    Gaborone is situated between Kgale and Oodi Hills, on the Notwane River in the southeastern corner of Botswana, and 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the South African border.