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Canada-Botswana fact sheet

Official Title:
Republic of Botswana

General Information

Capital: Gaborone
Population (million): 2.38
Total Area: 581,730km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 8.12 Pula (BWP) (2019- Annual average)
National Holiday: 30 September, Independence Day
Language(s): English, Setswana

Political Information

Type of State:
Parliamentary Republic

Type of Government:
Executive: President elected by the National Assembly for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term). Legislative: Unicameral National Assembly (63 members). The House of Chiefs (Ntloya Dikgosi) (15 members) is an advisory body to the National Assembly

Head of State:
President Mokgweetsi Masisi

Head of Government:
President Mokgweetsi Masisi

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation: Unity Dow
Investment, Trade and Industry: Peggy Serame
Finance and Economic Planning: Dr. Thapelo Matsheka

Main Political Parties:
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), Botswana National Front (BNF), Botswana Congress Party (BCP)

Elections:
Last: 2019. Next: 2024

Economic Information (2019)

Comparative figures
Type Botswana Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 24.59 2,277.52
GDP per capita: ($) 10,341.03 60,806.37
GDP growth rate: (%) 2.97 1.64
Inflation: (%) 2.84 1.95
Unemployment: (%) 0 5.67

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2019)

Canadian exports to country: $578,070,609
Canadian imports from country: $6,233,568
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in the country: $192 million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner David John Newman (Washington)

Canadian Representation Abroad:
High Commissioner René Cremonese (Harare)

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Botswana
Year Exports Imports
2015 $708,044,857 $1,986,350
2016 $448,370,289 $2,150,857
2017 $578,440,889 $1,111,892
2018 $774,230,201 $639,688
2019 $578,070,609 $6,233,568
21 HS Sections (2019)
Canada - Botswana
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $ $
02 Veg. Prod. $ $
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $13,614
04 Food Prod. $18,295 $
05 Mineral Prod. $ $826
06 Chemical Prod. $1,773,913 $6,214
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $3,577 $67
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $ $6,208
09 Wood Prod. $ $587
10 Paper Prod. $6,896 $
11 Textiles Prod. $449 $285
12 Dress Access. $ $
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $100 $80
14 Precious Metals/stones $573,062,247 $6,154,462
15 Base Metal Prod. $43,340 $8,512
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $1,640,271 $34,305
17 Vehicles and Equip. $188,542 $
18 Specialized Inst. $84,837 $949
19 Arms & Ammunition $1,213,182 $
20 Misc. Articles $402 $7,341
21 Antiques $ $93


September 2020
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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