BOTSWANA

  • Canada enjoys growing commercial links with Botswana fueled by increasing Canadian cumulative assets in Botswana's mining sector.

  •  According to Natural Resources Canada, Canadian cumulative mining assets in Botswana were nearly $283 million in 2012.

  • Over the past five years Canadian companies have made significant investment in coal, copper/nickel, gold and diamond exploration in Botswana.

  • Canada also has strong links to the Botswana information communication technologies sector and was instrumental in the development of the Botswana's National ICT Strategy (Maitlamo).

  • Bilateral merchandise trade between Botswana and Canada amounted to $320 million in 2013.  A manifold increase from 2012 was due to a large ($316 million) export of diamonds from Canada to Botswana in 2013.

  • Canada has been an active player in Botswana’s education sector for more than a decade. On average, some 250 students go to study in Canada every year. In 2012 alone, there were 287 Batswana students in Canada. The Batswana Government has indicated that building the country’s capacity through education and training continues to be a high priority.

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