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Feb

20

Trade deteriorates in Q3 2023: The deficit expected to widen further.

Trade performance deteriorated in Q3 2023, as the value of exports decreased while increasing for imports. Total imports increased by 13.8%

Feb

20

Headline inflation marginally increases in January 2024

Annual inflation increased to 3.9% in January 2024, up from 3.5% in December 2023. Inflation was driven by Transport and Food &

Feb

20

Real GDP slows further in Q3 2023

The global diamond market continues to experience a persistent weakening of demand for diamonds, adversely impacting on economic growth. Real GDP

Feb

20

A rough ending for the diamond industry in 2023

2023 was a rough year for the global diamond market, characterised by weaker demand for diamonds and lower prices associated with

Feb

20

Botswana diamond exports decreased in Q3 2023

The global demand for rough diamonds continued to be depressed in Q3 2023. Total diamond exports recorded a decrease of 22.3%

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Managing Director: Dr Keith Jefferis

Dr Keith Jefferis, was Deputy Governor of the Bank of Botswana (BoB) from November 1999 until March 2005, on appointment by the President of Botswana, H.E. Festus Mogae. Prior to this Dr Jefferis worked in the Research Department of the BoB; as a Senior Research Fellow at the Botswana Institute of Development Policy Analysis; and as an academic lecturing and researching in economics at universities in Botswana and the United Kingdom. He has degrees in economics from the Universities of Bristol (B.Sc) and London (M.Sc), and the Open University in the UK (Ph.D), and started his career as a professional economist by winning a Fellowship of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London. 

Dr Jefferis has undertaken a wide variety of research, analysis and consultancy work on economic policy issues. At the Bank of Botswana he worked extensively on the formulation and analysis of macroeconomic policy issues, especially monetary, exchange rate and fiscal policies; development of the financial system, including competition and efficiency in the banking sector, regulatory issues, broadening access to financial institutions, and payments system development; and macroeconomic data compilation and dissemination. He has also worked on stock market development, trade policy and regional integration issues, industrial policy and SMME development, poverty analysis and poverty alleviation policies, and the economic aspects of HIV/AIDS, combining both academic rigour and policy relevance. Dr Jefferis has written extensively on economic issues in Botswana and the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and has played a key role in deepening the public understanding of economic issues in through teaching, writing and public speaking. 

Dr Jefferis is a citizen of Botswana and is accredited to the Technical Assistance Experts Register of the IMF's Monetary and Financial Systems Department. 

Contact:  keith@econsult.co.bw

 

Economist/Consultant: Ms Sethunya Sejoe

 

Ms Sethunya Sejoe has degrees in economics from the University of Botswana, M.A and B.A. She is an Economist/Consultant with over four years of experience in research, data management, macroeconomic policy analysis and economic commentry. Her interests are in macroeconomic policy, international trade and finance and development policy issues.

MA dissertation tittle: Testing the Purchasing Power Parity Theory between Pula/Rand and Pula/US dollar Exchange Rates in Botswana.

 

Contact: sethunya@econsult.co.bw

 

Economist/Consultant: Mr Kitso Aobakwe Mokhurutshe

 

Mr Kitso Aobakwe Mokhurutshe holds degrees in economics from the University of Nottingham (B.Sc) and the Warwick University (M.Sc). He received the Top Achievers Scholarship from the government of Botswana in 2010 for oustanding academic achievement. At Econsult, he has worked extensively in data collection and analysis along with addressing various policy and intervension issues.

 

Contact: kitso@econsult.co.bw