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Botswana: Women Shaping Botswana's New Economy

Botswana is working hard to diversify its economy, which has historically been based on the production and sale of diamonds. The World Bank's Doing Business Report shows that the country has the highest new business density in Africa with 13.11 new businesses registered per 1 000 adults. Education and entrepreneurship are key drivers of this growth, playing an integral part in reducing Botswana's 29.4 percent youth unemployment rate - and women are at the leading edge.

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More Fun Facts About Botswana

Botswana is a country located in the southern part of the African continent. For the most part, Botswana has a flat landscape and is about 80% covered by the Kalahari desert. Mostly unknown to tourists visiting Africa, but nonetheless Botswana has a lot to offer its visitors.

Botswana is home to the worlds biggest concentration of African elephants, of which the highest concentration is to be found in Chobe National Park. Especially during the dry season large herds of Elephants make their way to the river banks of the Chobe river.

The Okavango Delta is the largest inland delta in the world. It’s a beautiful oasis in the Kalahari desert, whose waters start flowing from the highlands of Angola all the way over the sands of the Kalahari desert. The Delta gives life to many forms of life which seems to be unexpected in the middle of a desert.   The Okavango Delta became the 1000th inscribed site on the World Heritage List of Unesco in 2014.

The Makgadigadi pan is one of the largest salt pan areas in the world, stretching over an area of 12.000 km2. The climate in the area is harsh, very hot and with little rain. When it rains, the pan can change into a blue lake attracting many animals including flamingos.

English is the official language of the country, it is taught at schools, and is widely spoken in all urban centres. Even in rural areas, many local villagers (especially younger ones who have received schooling) will be able to converse in English. However, Setswana is the national language and the most spoken language throughout the country.

The currency used is called Pula and is divided into Thebe. In Setswana (the local language) this means rain and shield.

The Border between Botswana and Zambia is only 150 meters which makes it the shortest border in the world. You cross between the 2 countries via the Kazungula ferry.

Botswana is the worlds biggest diamond producing country in terms of value and the second biggest in terms of production. They produce about 17,7% of the total world production of diamonds. Diamonds count for nearly half of the governments value. Furthermore, diamond revenues enables every child in Botswana to receive free education up to the age of 13.

The current president, Ian Khama, is the son of Botswana’s first president after independence, Sir Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams, who is of British origin. He was born in 1953 in England while his parents were in exile in the UK due to their interracial marriage.

Source: The Travelling Chilli

Africa Focus: Women entrepreneurs are driving growth in Botswana

Mastercard’s Index of Women Entrepreneurship (MIWE) revealed that 34.6% of businesses in Botswana are owned by women, making it one of the top-performing countries highlighted in this global index. We talk to two businesswomen in Botswana about their success. Following the release of Mastercard’s Index of Women’s Entrepreneurship (MIWE) in March 2017, it was revealed that 34.8% and 34.6% of businesses in Uganda and Botswana respectively, are owned by women – making them the top two performing countries in the world highlighted in the index. Uganda and Botswana managed to oust 54 other global counterparts like New Zealand (33.6%), Russia (32.6%), China (30.9%), Spain (30.8%) and United States (30.7%). The 2017 MIWE based its findings on women’s advancement outcomes, access to knowledge and financial services and supporting entrepreneurial factors.

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Here Are Some 8 Interesting Facts About Botswana You May Not Know

Discover a little about Botswana with our fun facts.

1. Botswana is a  land-locked country situated in southern Africa, bordering Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia.

2. Known as Bechuanaland when under British protection from 1885 to 1961, Botswana is similar in size to France but with a much smaller population. Over 10% of the 2,100,000 population live in the capital city of Gaborone, made famous in the novel "The First Ladies Detective Agency".

3. Botswana became independent in 1966 and is the oldest democratic state in Africa.

4. Botswana is a wealthy country by African standards. It contains extensive mineral resources such as the Jwaneng Diamond Mine, the richest in the world, which was found when termites pushed specks of diamond to the surface.

5. Nearly 40% of the land is national parks and wildlife reserve, providing large areas for animals to roam.

6. Botswana is a haven for endangered species of mammal and bird such as cheetah, brown hyena, Kori bustard, and Pel’s fishing owl.

7. The Okavango Delta is known as the jewel in the Kalahari, a semi-arid sandy expanse which covers 85% of the country. Fed by annual floodwater from Okavango river, the vast delta supports a wide array of African wildlife from hippos to elephants.Huge herds of zebra and wildebeest make an annual migration to find food and water.

8. The national dish is Seswaa, a stew of boiled meat, maize meal and greens.

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