Since peacefully gaining independence 1966, Botswana has managed to exploit its wealth of underground resources, especially diamonds, to develop not only its diverse economy but also its people. Botswana is the biggest producer of diamonds in the world by value. It is hailed as a shining beacon of democracy, stability and peace in a continent renowned for turmoil and instability. Its people have a rich diverse culture and embrace all who come to Botswana with great warmth.
Botswana is a middle to upper income country that gained independence in 1966. At 582,000 km2, Botswana is a land-linked country at the heart of Southern Africa, bordered by Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Its central location in this region makes Botswana the perfect gateway for reaching the whole of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), making it the ideal investment and trade hub.
Botswana remains one of the countries in Africa that can proudly pronounce itself as truly a destination of choice for investment, leisure and work. Botswana is a stable, peaceful and transparent country that is committed to sound fiscal policy. Botswana’s policy is oriented towards sustainable growth and diversification through coordinated efforts and contributions from various sectors of the economy, including: Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Automotive and component manufacturing, Cargo and Logistics, Health, Financial and Business Services, Mineral beneficiation, Energy and Information and Communication technology - ICT.
Quick facts about Botswana
Capital City: Gaborone
Form of Government: Parliamentary Republic
Head of State: President Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi
National Language: Setswana
Official Language: English
Time: GMT plus +1
Currency: Botswanan Pula