Daily Archives: May 17, 2017
The question on how the Trump administration’s policies will impact Africa was met with mixed reaction Wednesday during a briefing at the African Utility Week Conference underway in Cape Town.
Botswana: Positive prospects for the diamond sector could lead to somewhat higher rates of GDP growth in 2017-19
IMF Staff Concludes 2017 Article IV Visit to Botswana
- Positive prospects for the diamond sector could lead to somewhat higher rates of GDP growth in 2017-19. Fiscal projections envisage moderate deficits this year and the next, with surpluses thereafter.
- Tax revenue reforms need to be accelerated to protect public finances against any adverse developments and maintain the country’s track record of sound fiscal management.
- The inflation rate remained low, close to the lower band of the Bank of Botswana’s inflation objective range of 3–6 percent.
A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Enrique Gelbard visited Gaborone from May 1-16 for discussions on the 2017 Article IV Consultation with Botswana. The discussions covered recent developments and prospects and focused on policies to support continued economic stability and promote inclusive growth. At the end of the visit, Mr. Gelbard issued the following statement:
The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) signs MoU with China-Africa Development Fund to boost infrastructure investment and growth in selected African countries
Almost half of all deaths globally are now recorded with a cause, new data from the World Health Organization show, highlighting improvements countries have made on collecting vital statistics and monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Power utilities increasing their borrowings to cover costs, may put these institutions on “a very dangerous slippery slope”, delegates at the Africa Utility Week Conference heard on Tuesday.