(WIPO code: BW) (latest review December 2020)

by SPOOR & FISHER, Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, Pretoria, South Africa

General Information

Area

585,370 sq. km.

Population

2,351,627 (estimated November 2020).

Capital

Gaborone.

Languages

English (official) and Setswana.

Currency

Pula.

Imports

Foodstuffs, machinery, electrical goods, transport equipment, textiles, fuel and petroleum products, wood and paper products, metal and metal products.

Exports

Diamonds, copper, nickel, soda ash, meat and textiles.

General Remarks

Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. Five decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most dynamic economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country’s conservation practices and extensive nature preserves.