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Nov

22

Formal Sector Employment record a negative growth of 0.1% in Q1 2017

Formal sector employment in Botswana continued to move downwards in the first quarter of 2017. Overall formal sector employment decreased by

Nov

22

Inflation falls to 3.0 percent in October 2017

Headline inflation fell to 3.0% in October 2017 from 3.2% in September 2017. Inflation fell for most commodity groups of Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages,

Aug

24

Bank of Botswana maintained Bank Rate at 5.5 percent

Bank of Botswana's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has maintained the Bank Rate at 5.5 percent at a meeting held on the

Aug

24

Overall unemployment rate in Botswana is estimated at 17.7%

The recent publication by Statistics Botswana, Botswana Multi-topic Household Survey 2015/16 revealed a reduction in the overall level of unemployment rate

Jun

12

Formal Sector Employment decrease by 0.6% in Q4 2016

According to Statistics Botswana's formal sector employment survey results, overall formal sector employment in Botswana decreased by 0.6% in the period

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  • Botswana Insurance fund Management (BIFM) Preparation of quarterly economic briefing publication (ongoing)
  • SADC/GIZ: assessment of exchange controls in Southern African Development Community and preparation of roadmap for exchange control harmonisation and liberalisation (2011).
  • Social Security Commission (Namibia): Assessment of the economic impact of the proposed National Pension Fund (2011)
  • Government of Botswana, National Strategy Office: preparation of a series of policy notes on regulatory reform and improving Botswana’s Doing Business rankings (2010/11).
  • Government of Botswana, Department of Public Service Management: HIV/AIDS Impact Assessment on the Public Service (2010-11)
  • Debswana: Economic impact assessment of ‘Outsourcing of Health services’ (2010-11)
  • CIC Resources (Pty) Ltd Economic analysis of proposed Mookane Domestic Power Project coal-fired power station (2010)
  • CARICOM: Preparation of Monetary Integration Framework for the Caribbean Community (2010)
  • USAID and Central Bank of Liberia: Needs Assessment for Modernisation of the Payments System (2010)
  • UNIDO, Government of Botswana (MTI): Preparation of revised Industrial Development Policy (2010)
  • BOCCIM, Government of Botswana (MTI) : National Business Conference (2010)
  • UNAIDS: HIV and AIDS Macroeconomic Framework – Botswana Paper (2009/10)
  • MEFMI/Ministry of Finance Zimbabwe: Evaluation of Currency, Exchange Rate and Monetary Policy Options for Zimbabwe (2009)
  • SADC, Imani Development: ‘Macro and Micro Economic impact of the Global Economic Crises in Botswana’ (2009)
  • Partnership for Making Finance Work for Africa/African Development Bank: Survey of Banking Supervisory Issues and Global Crisis – Impact on African Central Banks (2009)
  • Government of Botswana, Ministry of Trade & Industry and Ministry of Finance & Development Planning: “EPA Trade in Services Negotiations. Analysis and Assessment of Financial Services with a focus on the Banking Sector in Botswana” (2009)
  • African Financial Markets Initiative (AFMI – African Development Bank and USAID)): Mapping Study for Bond Markets in SADC and COMESA Countries (2009)
  • FinMark Trust/Government of Botswana Ministry of Labour & Home Affairs: Developing a Broad-Based Occupational Pension Scheme for Botswana (2009)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): Preparation of Botswana Human Development Report (2009)
  • Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privatisation Agency (PEEPA) and Nedbank Capital: Privatisation Strategy for National Development Bank (NDB) (2008-9)
  • Capital Securities: Preparation of Botswana Banking Sector Review (2007-10)
  • FinMark Trust (Southern Africa) (www.finmark.org.za): Promoting Policy Dialogue on Access to Finance (2005-2009)
  • Southern African Global Competitiveness Hub (www.satradehub.org): Trade Policy Development in Selected Southern African Countries (2005-9).
  • USAID and National Bank of Angola (BNA): Developing Financial Services and Improving Banking Sector Efficiency in Angola (2008)
  • Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development & UNDP, Uganda: Evaluation of the Macroeconomic Impact of HIV/AIDS in Uganda (2007-8)
  • World Bank: Botswana component of global “Getting Finance” survey (2007)
  • United Nations in Botswana: Preparation of Second Common Country Assessment for Botswana (2007)
  • UNCTAD: Review of the role of Transnational Corporations in Botswana’s Mining Sector (2007)
  • Southern African Development Community (SADC): Evaluation of Progress Towards Macroeconomic Convergence in SADC Countries – Country Studies for Lesotho, Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland and Namibia (2005-6) and Overview Report (2007)
  • National AIDS Co-ordinating Agency (NACA) (www.naca.gov.bw) and UNDP Botswana (www.unbotswana.org.bw): Evaluation of the Economic Impact of HIV/AIDS in Botswana (2006-7)
  • Office of the President (Botswana): Technical Support to the Business and Economic Advisory Council (2006)
  • Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privatisation Agency (PEEPA): Evaluation of the Possible Merger of National Development Bank and Botswana Savings Bank (2006)
  • Government of Botswana, Department of Information and Broadcasting, “The Botswana Economy over the 40 Years since Independence” (2006)
  • Sanlam/African Life Assurance (South Africa): Macroeconomic commentary and monitoring for Botswana, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Uganda and Mozambique (2005-6)
  • World Bank: Report on Exchange Rates, Export Competitiveness and Diversification in Botswana (2005).
  • Government of Botswana - Ministry of Finance and Development Planning: Evaluation of the Financial Assistance Policy (FAP) (1999-2000)
  • Government of Botswana - Ministry of Finance and Development Planning: Evaluating the Macroeconomic Impact of AIDS in Botswana (1999)
  • Government of Botswana – Ministry of Trade & Industry: Membership of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises Task Force (1996-7)
  • Government of Botswana & UNDP: Botswana Poverty Study (1996)