Botswana Economic Outlook

  • Botswana’s economic performance improved in 2013, with real GDP growth estimated to have increased to 5.4% from 4.2% in 2012, with short-term forecasts through to 2015 remaining sound, premised on improved prospects in the predominant diamond industry.

Botswana and the AfDB

Cooperation between the African Development Bank) and Botswana dates back to 1972. As of October 2012, the Bank had financed 50 operations (41 loan projects, seven institutional support operations, and two studies) valued at approximately US $2.1 billion. Bank-funded projects are primarily in the areas of infrastructure (power, transport, water and sanitation, communication), agriculture, finance and multi-sector.


Southern Africa Resource Center (SARC)

African Development Bank Group
339 Witch-Hazel Avenue
Highveld Ext. 78
Centurion, South Africa

Tel: +27 12 003 6900

Mr. Kennedy Mbekeani, Officer-in-Charge

Key Facts

Capital: Gaborone
Area: 582,000 sq km
Total Population 2013: 2.0 Million
Urban Population 2013: 62.95%
Female Population 2013: 49.70%
GDP: US$ 14.3 Billion
GNI Per Capita 2013: US$ 7,650
Inflation Rate: 6.08%
Crude Birth Rate (per 1000): 23.56%
Human Development Index (rank / 187): 119
Human Development Index (scale 0 to 1): 0.634
Membership Date: 31/03/1972
Cumulative Approvals (1967-2013): UA 1.5 Billion

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