News & Analysis: Botswana

Reviving Botswana’s Tourism Industry after COVID-19

“The Botswana tourism sector cannot avoid the threats posed by the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Considering that tourism relies on physical interaction between people, it does not come as a surprise that the sector has borne the brunt of the global pandemic.”

via Cairo Review of Global Affairs

Capital Raising during COVID-19: Perspectives and Developments from the Botswana Stock Exchange

On 5 June, 2020, the Botswana Stock Exchange held its inaugural virtual opening bell facilitated, becoming one of the few stock exchanges in Africa to do so during this pandemic. This piece examines the BSE’s COVID-19 response and reactions from market stakeholders.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

How Companies Can Utilize the Stock Exchange Post COVID-19 Pandemic

“The outbreak of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is inarguably becoming the most disruptive crisis the world has ever experienced since the Spanish flu of 1918 which is said to have infected a quarter of the world population at the time.”

via Botswana Stock Exchange

Botswana Ends 7-Week Lockdown

“Botswana’s 48-day lockdown ended at midnight Wednesday after gradually relaxing restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus in the diamond rich southern African country. All businesses and schools are now cleared to reopen under government guidelines, including individual temperature checks, use of face masks and regular sanitizing.”

via VOA News

What African Nations Are Teaching the West About Fighting the Coronavirus

“Although cases on the continent are increasing, many African countries are not seeing the exponential daily growth in confirmed cases, nor in mortality, that has been happening in the United States and Western Europe.”

via The New Yorker

Censorship, the unexpected side-effect of COVID-19

“Rajoelina urged his fellow African heads of state to embrace the herbal remedy. The other presidents did not push back, even though most had deep reservations.”

via Mail & Guardian

Coronavirus in Africa: Prison fever

“What are the consequences of the pandemic on the living conditions in African prisons?”

via Prison Insider

AfCFTA: Year Zero

“This assessment, which was completed before COVID-19 struck, showed that despite the euphoria, AfCFTA commitment and implementation readiness of African governments are surprisingly below 50%. COVID-19 now threatens to derail AfCFTA — which is the more reason the continent should press ahead and use AfCFTA as one of the weapons to beat COVID-19 and speed up post-COVID economic recovery.”

via tralac

COVID-19: Impacts on African economies – economic challenges and social safety net responses

“This brief explores evidence on these effects and the most vulnerable countries in the ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’ categories. It also provides a summary of actions that African governments have taken as well as four ‘innovative ideas’ to consider in future, especially to continue poverty reduction and sustainable development, as part of Africa’s COVID-19 recovery plan and in partnership with development actors, including China.”

via PEGNet

19 years ago today, African countries vowed to spend 15% on health

“On 27 April 2001, exactly 19 years ago today, African governments made an historic pledge to allocate at least 15% of their annual budgets to the health sector. This vow became known as the Abuja Declaration. As COVID-19 spreads and wreak havoc across the world, the question must be asked: What became of it?”

via African Arguments