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Botswana Economic Research Highlights

Focus Report: Exploring the role of women and youth in Africa's agriculture sector

The last few years have seen marked developments in the dynamic landscape of African agriculture. The continent’s cultivated land has expanded significantly since 2020, contributing to 52%...

Focus Report: Botswana's economic transformation agenda

Significant diamond wealth, good governance and prudent economic management have enabled Botswana to develop into an upper-middle-income country. The Botswana Focus Report explores how the...

Improving the resilience of Africa’s agriculture sector

Despite being home to 60% of the world’s arable land, Africa has yet to unlock its full agricultural potential. The 2023 edition of the “Agriculture in Africa Focus Report”, produced in partnership with OCP Group...

Botswana’s special economic zones offer investment opportunities

This Growth and Recovery Outlook video highlights Botswana’s efforts to meet the goals of its transformation agenda to become a high-income country by 2036. The country’s stable political climate...

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Focus Report: Understanding the impact of data centres on Africa's digital economy

Africa’s data centre (DC) market is primed for substantial growth, with a projected 50% capacity increase by 2026. Fuelled by a burgeoning digital economy and rising internet penetration...

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Focus Report: How Special Economic Zones are shaping Africa's industrial landscape

As Africa embraces the transformative power of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Special Economic Zones (SEZs) emerge as pivotal catalysts for regional economic growth...

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Focus Report: How are Libya's free zones incorporating ESG norms into their business practices?

Given the supply chain disruptions since the Covid-19 pandemic, investment in ports and free zones has become more crucial to the global economy and the resilience of trade. With transport one of the...

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Focus Report: Misurata Free Zone positions itself as a gateway to Africa

As a free zone operating outside of Libyan domestic trade legislation, Misurata Free Zone (MFZ) is seeking to leverage its competitive advantages – including complete exemption from national...

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Focus Report: Post-pandemic trends and opportunities on African stock exchanges

Although stock exchanges on the continent were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, recovery is starting to take shape. The crisis underlined the need to build resilience and diversify the investor base...

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Report: The road to a zero-emission automotive industry in the Middle East and Africa

Automotive stakeholders are increasingly aware that the business-as-usual scenario that has sustained the industry for more than 100 years is no longer tenable. Regulatory changes and emissions-reduction...

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Focus Report: Ongoing efforts to strengthen Nigeria's health sector

Nigeria has made tangible progress on health indicators in recent years, although structural challenges remain. While the government will continue to play a central role in the pursuit...

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Focus Report: Investment opportunities in African economic zones

Economic zones in Africa have had a significant impact on trade volumes across the continent, as well as on job creation and foreign direct investment inflows. The African Continental Free Trade...

Focus Report: Understanding the impact of data centres on Africa's digital economy
Focus Report: How Special Economic Zones are shaping Africa's industrial landscape
Focus Report: How are Libya's free zones incorporating ESG norms into their business practices?
Focus Report: Misurata Free Zone positions itself as a gateway to Africa
Focus Report: Post-pandemic trends and opportunities on African stock exchanges
Report: The road to a zero-emission automotive industry in the Middle East and Africa
Focus Report: Ongoing efforts to strengthen Nigeria's health sector
Focus Report: Investment opportunities in African economic zones
 

Botswana’s strategy to stimulate post-pandemic growth

On the back of the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, Botswana is seeking to accelerate economic transformation plans, with a focus on private sector investment and diversification...

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Ali Boumediene, CEO, Bomare

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Jayson Sechele, Director of Policy and Planning, Special Economic Zones Authority Botswana

On how special economic zones contribute to the wider economy


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Emerging markets look to capture a larger share of the aviation market

With global aviation passenger numbers rebounding, emerging markets are looking to capture market share through increased investment and sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs). As OBG reported in February, tourism figures rebounded in 2022, thanks to the easing of Covid-19-related restrictions and increased investment in tourism. The sector’s recovery is set to continue, with international tourist arrivals likely to reach 85-90% of pre-pandemic levels in 2023. Revenue is also on the upswing for the global aviation industry after an...


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African gas suppliers look to meet Europe’s future LNG demand

As the EU works to rebalance its gas supply away from Russia, African countries are expected to gain a larger share of the bloc’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) market in the coming years. Last month the EU announced that it would launch the first tenders for joint gas purchases in April, with contracts expected to be signed by June. This novel approach seeks to leverage the bloc’s purchasing power to secure supplies at lower prices ahead of the summer when EU countries are expected to refill their underground gas storage...


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The future of commercial drone delivery in global and local supply chains

Emerging markets are capitalising on commercial drone technology to overcome logistics challenges and revolutionise supply chains for many goods and services, with expected benefits for last-mile delivery. While unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are often associated with military usage, commercial UAV usage has grown substantially in recent years as e-commerce and logistics companies increasingly look to drones to enable more efficient delivery. Research firm GlobalData predicts that commercial drones will replace...


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In infographics: Boosting local value added in agricultural commodities in Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire agriculture sector, which accounts for roughly one-fifth of GDP and employs two-thirds of the population, is a core sector of the economy with global significance. The country is a key exporter of cocoa, cashew nuts, palm oil, bananas, coffee, rubber, kola nuts and cotton. Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s leading cocoa producer and shares the title of number-one cocoa grinder with the Netherlands. It is also the top cashew nut exporter and was the leading producer of sweet bananas in 2017. However, relatively little of what...


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Ismail Ersahin, Executive Director, World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)

On leveraging economic zones to bolster development


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How agri-tech start-ups are driving investment in emerging markets

Even as global funding levels drop, agri-tech start-ups remain a key driver of investment in emerging markets as they work to make farming greener, more productive and more climate resilient. Global investment in agri-tech start-ups totalled $10.6bn in 2022, down 13% from 2021 – a record funding year for global start-ups – but ahead of the 2020 figure of $7bn. This matched a general downwards trend in venture capital activity, as investors became more cautious amid global headwinds and deepening fears of recession...


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Emerging economies aim to maximise resources with a four-day work week

With the Covid-19 pandemic having changed how people learn, shop and do business, many markets and companies are experimenting with new ways to unlock potential productivity while improving workforce well-being. A recent study organised in the UK by non-profit 4 Day Week Global looked at the effects of a four-day work week at 61 companies with a total of around 2900 workers from June to December 2022. The pilot programme included both non-profit and private firms in sectors including...


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