SONA at a glance
EDD results in substantial increase in Government procurement from local manufacturers and service providers.
Total cumulative expenditure of P13.93 billion as of March 2017, which accounts for 52 percent of the country’s total procurement.
The Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) has, despite two periods of recession, experienced growth, with its total investment assets increasing from P1.2 billion to P2 billion over the past 20 years.
The growth supported over 5, 000 jobs across various sectors of the economy.
Government is developing a National Intellectual Property Policy with technical assistance from the World Intellectual Property Organisation.
An Intellectual Property Office is in the works to streamline business processes related to intellectual property registration.
It is expected to be completed by 2018/19.
Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) has to date developed 1, 834 business plans, of which 245, worth P96 million, have so far been approved.
LEA has further capacitated 17, 040 entrepreneurs through business mentoring, coaching and technical and business training.
An additional total of 25, 529 aspirant entrepreneurs were trained, of whom 24, 352 were youth.