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From International Policy Digest:

From its inception, the Botswanan government has been democratic and has championed worker’s rights, human rights, and social welfare. Botswana once known as one of the poorest countries in the world, in 1966 had a GDP per capita of about $60. However, from the 60s to the 90s, Botswana experienced the highest economic growth rate in the world. Botswana’s GDP per capita is now $6800, an 11-fold increase in just over 50 years. The then newly formed government awarded its presidents 18-year terms in office. This turned out to be a positive for the citizens of Botswana, whose presidents had to wade through droughts and an ever-looming apartheid South African government. Botswana was lucky enough to have its first two presidents who championed ethnic harmony, economic growth, sustained order and stability, and strong measures against corruption. Former President Sir Seretse Khama united Botswana’s tribes under an equal banner as Botswana. He united the Batawana, Batlokwa, Bagammangwato, Bangwaketse, Barolong, Bakgatla, Bamalete, and Bakwena during a time when tribal rivalries made it impossible to focus on the goals of a nation-state. Botswana has experienced political stability through Khama’s 14-year presidency and through former President Sir Ketumile Masire’s 18-year presidency. Masire, who also served as Khama’s Vice President and Minister of Finance and Development Planning is largely responsible for Botswana’s astonishing growth from one of the world’s poorest nation to middle income status.

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William Dewan Burns
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February 28, 2018
Great summary, and thanks for highlighting the International Policy Digest article. Not that outsiders' money is the only factor that's lifted the Botswana economy, but it also highlights the positive impact tourism can have for pretty much any country.

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