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Wednesday 01 April 2015

Welcome to Botswana

Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama President of the Republic of Botswana


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National Assembly (Parliament buildings) in Gaborone

Economic Growth

Diamonds – the drivers of the economy


Since their discovery in 1967, diamonds have powered economic growth in Botswana, not only funding infrastructure development, but the rollout of education, health and social services countrywide. Today, Botswana is among the most modernised economies in Africa, with country-spanning highways, world-class aviation industry and healthy per capita incomes. The P24 billion expansion of Jwaneng Mine means diamond revenues and the blossoming value addition industry will continue to support the economy into the 2020s and beyond.

Fast Facts

Capital: Gaborone


Official languages: English, Setswana


Government: Parliamentary republic - President Seretse Khama Ian Khama


Area: 581,730 square kilometres


Population: 2.04 million (preliminary 2011 census data)


GDP (PPP): 2008 estimate - Total $26.563 billion - Per capita $14,906


GDP (nominal): 2008 estimate - Total $13.461 billion - Per capita $7,554

Religion: Secular (Christianity, Muslim, Hindu, Judaism)


Currency (code): Pula (BWP)

Country dialling code: +267

Internet Domain: .bw

Coat of Arms

Botswana Coat of Arms

Botswana News

  • Botswana: Budget Constraints Halt Hospital Construction in Francistown

    Assistant Minister of Health, Dr Alfred Madigele said due to budget constraints, the ministry was not able to accommodate the hospital in the current 2014/15 as well as the next 2015/16 financial years.

  • Botswana: Dry Port Links Botswana With World

    Botswana's Dry Port in Walvis Bay, Namibia, has increased accessibility for Botswana nationals linking them to the international markets, according to the acting deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ms Onalenna Sechele. Speaking at the Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat's Beyond Borders Information Session in Gaborone on March 25, Ms Sechele said the project that was spearheaded by Botswana Railways was completed last year and now operational.

  • Peregrine Diamonds Announces Acquisition of Botswana Diamond Exploration Company

    DES Botswana's primary assets are eight highly prospective diamond Prospecting Licences, covering 5,746 km2 in Botswana. Tom Peregoodoff, President and CEO commented "This transaction is a significant milestone in the strategic development of the Company.


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Best of Botswana - Vol.04
Best of Botswana - Vol.03
Best of Botswana - Vol.02
Best of Botswana - Vol.01

Best of Botswana Vol. 3 presented to the Botswana Vice President

On 18 February 2013, the Vice President of Botswana, Dr Ponatshego Honorius Kefaeng Kedikilwe, was presented with a copy of the Best of Botswana Volume 3 by Global Village Africa Publisher Thapelo Letsholo.


Botswana Vice President Ponatshego Kedikilwe receives Best of Botswana Vol. 3


The honourable Vice President signed a copy for Global Village Africa as follows: “The positive spirit and vision through this piece of artistic and pictorial presentation should be a source of inspiration and patriotic favour for future generations and positivity.”


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Foreword by His Honour the Vice President Dr Ponatshego H. K. Kedikilwe

The celebration of Botswana’s successes continues in this third volume of Best of Botswana. The books are becoming a constant reminder of all that we have achieved as a nation; and in return, inspiring us to continue growing and developing. By showcasing ongoing successes, Best of Botswana circulates the stories which further inspire positive action.


The progression and adaption of each volume tracks the progress of the country. From the last issue, Best of Botswana notably introduced a Sustainability and CSR Chapter. This helps to celebrate the strides made in the sector - which we as the government of Botswana are most proud.


The introduction of an Entrepreneurship Chapter, giving upcoming entrepreneurs the chance to be recognised, is a vital component of a project of this magnitude. Entrepreneurship and SMMEs are an important part of our economy and is a rapidly growing sector.


Best of Botswana Volume 3 is making a valuable contribution to our efforts of economic diversification. Economic Diversification Drive is a vision of which we are in constant pursuit and which we are advancing towards. Detailing and exposing the array of Botswana sectors making waves in the region speaks volumes about the burgeoning success of the economic diversification programmes. The true heroes of this success story are the Batswana people who explored new arenas and become pioneers in business and trade.


The story of our great nation’s growth is being revealed before our eyes in these unique collector’s volumes. The showcase of Botswana in the highest resolution helps remind us of all that we have worked to achieve. Sharing these achievements with the rest of the world provides us with a rare moment of reflection, to sit back and enjoy the spoils of Botswana through the vibrant colours and voices evoked through these pages.


Paging through Best of Botswana Volume 3, the shared values of leadership, integrity, commitment, collaboration, and accountability which we are promoting as part of the Vision 2016, are already so evident in Botswana’s entrepreneurs and businessmen and women.


I hope you will be as inspired by Best of Botswana Volume 3 as I am.


Yours Sincerely


Dr Ponatshego H. K. Kedikilwe, PH, MP,

Vice President of the Republic of Botswana


About Botswana


Botswana - the good life

A cosmopolitan and peaceful country, Botswana is the perfect place to live and work. Its stability and economic growth have made it a dream destination for many visitors, eager to immerse themselves in the welcoming culture and numerous opportunities available.


The Republic of Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa.Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. It meets Zambia at a single point.



Geographically the country is flat and up to 70% of Botswana is covered by the Kalahari Desert. Botswana was one of the most impoverished countries in Africa when it became independent in 1966. Today, it is home to a stable political system and a rapidly developing market economy. Being closely tied with the economy of South Africa, the country's economy is one of the most successful in Africa and is dominated by the fast-growing service sector, world-renowned diamond industry, tourism, and manufacturing. For many decades, Botswana had the highest economic growth rate of any nation. It has held free and fair democratic elections since independence. 

The World Bank cites Botswana as one of the world's great development success stories.


Photos of Botswana, Courtesy of Press Photo

Tourists game viewing in the Chobe River


The Toyota Desert Race in Botswana


An art exhibition in Botswana


Gaborone City

Okavango Delta meander image courtesy of Okavango Tours & Safaris

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Best of Botswana Launch Video 


Best of Botswana has been one of the most successful "Best of" books to date, in December the prestigious launch event for the book was held in Botswana, with delegates and Ministers attending th event. Click here to see the lauch video of the book...

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