Botswana - UPDATED National AGOA Strategy (2021)

Author
USAID | SATIHUB | Botswana MITI
Organisation
Botswana MITI
Publication Date
15 March 2021

The National AGOA Response Strategy provides a key guiding framework on strategic areas of interventions that would allow for Botswana to broaden and deepen its use of the AGOA preference program. This [updated] Strategy, therefore, seeks to ensure that the country remains on course to developing Botswana’s export and manufacturing sectors. As an update to the initial AGOA National Response Strategy that was launched in September 2017, there are various parts this updated strategy that represent substantive and material changes that are in line with the government’s policy focus and challenges faced by private sector.

To that end, the revision of Botswana’s AGOA National Response Strategy drew on extensive consultations with various parts of government – including state departments and implementing agencies –, as well as private sector associations, individual firms, parastatals, women’s groups and other stakeholders. The views solicited responded to the key result areas of the Strategy, as well as new areas that warrant focus in line with changes in the economy, and the needs of the private sector. As expected, a great portion of the original content of the Strategy remained relevant and spoke to the existing and on-going challenges facing the private sector in particular, and the economy in general. These included the need to enhance competitiveness and productivity, creating awareness of AGOA, improving logistics and reducing transport costs, among others. There were relative successes in implementing some aspects of the strategy, and less so in others. 

As such, the Botswana AGOA National Response Strategy required further revision. 

Overall, Botswana’s AGOA Utilization Strategy is partitioned into five key sections. The first Section is an introductory background of AGOA and its broader benefits. Section Two is a synthesis of Botswana’s economic and business environment, including the country’s export trends to the U.S. Section Three discusses cross-cutting issues that are affecting various industry sectors. Section 4 reflects on both the general implementation plan and the sector specific plans of the AGOA National Utilization Strategy. Section Five outlines the revised institutional structure, and Section 6 provides the conclusions. 

 

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