Botswana: Economy

Economic Trivia

Two major investment services rank Botswana as the best credit risk in Africa.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2015): South Africa, Namibia, and Belgium
Top 3 Exported Goods (2015): Precious Stones & Metals, Nickel, and Electrical Machinery

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Diamonds; Copper; Nickel; Salt

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Source: The World Bank

GDP, PPP (current international) $35,763,294,335 (2015)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) -0.255% (2015)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $15,807 (2015)
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GDP Country Rank 116/193 (2015)

Economic Indicators Source: The World Bank

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 3.06% (2015)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $2,383,923,000 (2014)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 25.1% (2015)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 5.266% (2015)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 6.343% (2015)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $1,117,277,769 (2015)
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Labor and Employment Source: The World Bank

Labor Force, Total 1,155,963 (2014)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 26.4% (2010)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 17.5% (2010)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 56.1% (2010)
Unemployment Rate 18.2% (2014)
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Imports of goods and services (current US$) $7,128,664,962 (2015)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $7,151,674,353 (2015)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 98.335% (2014)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $393,574,792 (2015)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $1,245,391,130 (2014)
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How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Botswana’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment

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