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International Partnerships

Botswana is a small, landlocked country whose economy is heavily dependent on diamond exports. It has strong trading relationships with the EU going back many years, however, it faces challenges in a number of respects – climate change, economic diversification, relative poverty, unemployment, a need to upskill the economy and reduce its dependence on the public sector.

Botswana’s current National Development Plan targets 4 areas – promoting export led growth, more efficient government finances, human capital and providing appropriate infrastructure.

Botswana

 

Our priorities

We have two priority areas for cooperation – green transformation and economic diversification and jobs.  €13m has been allocated to these areas and a further €3m has been allocated to support measures between 2021 and 2024.

Green Transformation

We have 3 areas of action under this priority – Sustainable energy; Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Adaptation and Sustainable Tourism; and the Circular and Green Economy, including Waste Management

Economic diversification and jobs

We have 3 areas of action here - Investment promotion and trade; Digital transformation; and Skills development.

Our programmes

We have a number of specific objectives to support the two priority areas. 

Green Transformation

 We will support new approaches to wildlife and ecosystem protection, build resilience in rural communities and at the same time contributing to economic development. Landscape and nexus approaches will be implemented. 

We will also help raise awareness and develop policies on the circular and green economy.  As part of this activity, we will support peer learning at national and local government levels.

Economic diversification and jobs

Here we will facilitate investment and trade promotion with the aim of diversification, reducing dependency on mineral revenues and creating decent jobs, especially for youth. Corporate Social Responsibility will be encouraged, and we also aim to support a better framework for investment, innovation, and access to markets.

We will also support Botswana towards a digital transformation as a means to move towards a knowledge economy through support for the national SmartBots Strategy and Action Plan. 

We will continue to support efforts to improve the quality and relevance of the TVET system. The inclusion of girls and women, people with disabilities and other marginalised groups will be emphasised here.

Support measures

In addition, we will support measures to favour Civil Society target capacity building; promoting CSO involvement, human rights, gender equality, and promoting access to information amongst other areas. It is also intended to establish a Technical Cooperation Facility to support these measures.

There is no formal joint programme agreement with Botswana and EU Member States. As a consequence, there will be no Team Europe initiatives in the near future.

Documents

Multiannual Indicative Programme 2021-2027 for Botswana - annex
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(826.97 KB - PDF)
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11th EDF National Indicative Programme 2014 - 2020 - for co-operation between the Republic of Botswana and the EU
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(1.56 MB - PDF)
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RIP Eastern, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean
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(6.98 MB - PDF)
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Commission Decision C(2018)441 Botswana-EU Technical Cooperation Facility
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(137.51 KB - PDF)
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Annex 2018 - Commission Decision on the individual measure in favour of the Republic of Botswana to be financed from the 11th European Development Fund - Action Documentfor the Botswana-EU Technical Cooperation Facility
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(392.61 KB - PDF)
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