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 (2017): South Africa, Belgium, and India
Top 3 Exported Goods (2017): Precious Stones & Metals, Electrical Machinery, and Meat

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Diamonds; Copper; Nickel; Salt

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $39,013,626,456 (2017)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 2.36% (2017)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $17,024 (2017)
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GDP Country Rank 119/195 (2017)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 3.308% (2017)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $1,740,063,200 (2017)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 25.1% (2018)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 3.613% (2017)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 5.129% (2017)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $2,148,740,231 (2017)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 1,160,977 (2018)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 22.952% (2018)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 18.064% (2018)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 58.984% (2018)
Unemployment Rate 17.941% (2018)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $5,905,636,836 (2017)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $6,932,635,251 (2017)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 64.573% (2017)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $400,570,860 (2017)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $947,008,000 (2017)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

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


  1. The World Bank