The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a $137 million loan to support Botswana’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The funding is provided by the Bank Group through its Botswana Economic Recovery Support Program and will be used to implement multi-sector reforms which will increase efficiency, bring jobs and stimulate inclusive growth.
The project has three components: enhancing domestic resource mobilization and mitigating fiscal risks to enhance macroeconomic performance and create fiscal space for spending on social safety nets; supporting private sector-led agriculture and industry to bolster productivity and value addition and increase job opportunities; offering business development services to micro and small enterprises to advance social protection and gender equity. The three components are expected to reinforce one another.
“The African Development Bank is providing support for reforms to enhance private sector-led agriculture and transformation of the industrial sector,” said Leila Mokadem, Director General of the Southern Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office. “Agriculture value addition can serve as a springboard for industrialization and job creation.”
The project aligns with the Bank Group’s Ten-Year Strategy (2013-2022) and its High Five strategic priorities, particularly Industrialize Africa, and Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa.
Botswana is a very low risk of debt distress, and has a positive medium-term growth outlook, although a lack of economic diversification exposes the country to significant vulnerabilities.
The Bank Group’s active portfolio in Botswana amounts to UA 57.7 million ($81.9 million) and comprises four projects. The financial sector accounts for the largest share of the portfolio by sector (97.1%), followed by agriculture (1.7%) and industry (1.2%).
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