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Diamonds weigh on Botswana's trade balance

Trade balance in July 2016 was a deficit of P175.9 million from the revised surplus of P2,627.7 million in June 2016.



Real GDP contracts by 0.3% in Q2 2016

Real GDP in the first half of 2016 recorded a negative growth of 0.3% unchanged from the revised negative growth in



Annual inflation rate falls to 2.6% in August 2016

According to the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report from Statistics Botswana, annual inflation rate fell from 2.7% in July 2016



Headline inflation unchanged at 2.7% in July

Annual inflation rate in July 2016 was 2.7 percent, the same rate in June 2016. Group indices were generally stable between



Bank Rate reduced to 5.5%

Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) reduced the Bank Rate by 50 basis points to 5.5 percent at the meeting held on the

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Econsult Botswana was established in 2005 by Dr Keith Jefferis, a former academic and Deputy Governor of the Bank of Botswana. Econsult works in Botswana, the Southern African region and further afield, and specializes in research, economic commentary and policy-related analysis in a variety of fields. 

Key areas of work include:

  • Macroeconomic policy reviews; analysis of monetary, fiscal and exchange rate policies
  • Analysis of macroeconomic data and trends in the economies of Southern Africa
  • Financial system development and banking sector issues; regulation and licensing of financial institutions; competition and access; stock market and capital market development
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  • Regional integration
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Mmegi (Botswana) (August 2016)
Daily News (Botswana) (August 2016)  
Mmegi (Botswana) (September 2016)  
The Patriot (Botswana) (November 2016)
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