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Botswana

The Republic of Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. It has held free and fair democratic elections since independence.

Botswana is a regional leader in economic freedom. Competitiveness and flexibility are promoted by a sensible business regulatory environment, openness to foreign investment and trade, and relatively flexible employment regulations. The financial sector remains relatively well developed, with an independent central bank and little government intervention. The independent judiciary provides strong protection of property rights. Botswana was one of the most impoverished countries in Africa when it became independent in 1966. Today, it is home to a relatively stable political system and a rapidly developing market economy. Being closely tied with the economy of South Africa, the country's economy is one of the most successful in Africa and is dominated by the fast-growing service sector, world-renowned diamond industry, tourism, and manufacturing. Botswana's economic growth rate has outpaced the economic growth of even the Asian Tigers, and the World Bank cites Botswana as one of the world's great development success stories. Read More

Headlines Around the Web

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Apr 19, 2012 - Financial Times

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Feb 22, 2012 - AllAfrica News

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Articles About Botswana

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By IBTimes IN

According to a WHO report, Ludhiana ranks fourth among the most polluted cities in the world, while Kanpur holds ninth position. (Mar 19)

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An exceptional 29.6 carat blue diamond recovered at the Cullinan mine in January 2014 (Petra Diamonds Press Release)
'Outstanding' and Rare 29.6-Carat Blue Diamond Found in South Africa Could Cost Tens of Millions of Dollars

By IBTimes IN

A rare 29.6-carat blue diamond was discovered in a mine in South Africa which could cost fortunes. (Jan 22)

MORE TOPICS: SOUTH AFRICA, DIAMONDS

Biggest Ivory Consumer China to Criminalise Elephant Poaching

By IBTimes UK

China criminalises illegal ivory after Botswana summit despite being largest buyers (Dec 05)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, THAILAND, NIGERIA, KENYA, ZIMBABWE, ZAMBIA

IUCN Botswana Conference: 100,000 African Elephants to be Slaughtered in Next 10 Years

By IBTimes UK

Experts say Africa will lose a fifth of its elephants over the next decade. (Dec 03)

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By IBTimes AU

Roger Federer will take on Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga for charity match. (Nov 15)

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By IBTimes AU

A Miss Universe contestant needs to be a complete package of beauty and brains (overall personality). We have compiled the best answers in the history of Miss Universe pageant. (Nov 11)

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By IBTimes UK

The Miss Universe 2013 contestants presented themselves in curvaceous gowns during the Preliminary Competition. (Nov 06)

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By IBTimes AU

Before crowning the most beautiful woman in the universe, one has to prove herself worthy of the Nexus crown and pass the dreaded Q&A portion. (Oct 29)

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By IBTimes AU

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GALLERY: 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners

By IBTimes UK

South African Greg du Toit named Wildlife Photographer of the Year for image of elephants. (Oct 16)

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