Comment: Botswana's challenge

After decades of expansion, Botswana's central bank now faces a battle to restore economic stability and its own credibility.


Botswana's economy has for decades been the brightest star in sub-Saharan Africa.

Since 1966, when it gained independence from Britain, its immense mineral wealth has facilitated the development of its social and physical infrastructure. GDP growth - averaging around 8% between 1980 and 2000 - has been among the highest in the world. True, this

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