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Botswana Ranked as Best Emerging Market Risk

Magazine article African Business

Botswana Ranked as Best Emerging Market Risk

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The French consultant, Nord-Sud Export (NSE) rates Botswana among the world's best emerging market risks for investors and exporters. Botswana comes second, just below Singapore, in the 2000 rankings.

Unlike other rating consultants who compile their ranking lists based on impressions gathered from a handful of businessmen around the world, NSE, which belongs to the Le Monde press group, uses hundreds of objective criteria.

These include the state of finances (external debt ratio, exchange risk, devaluation record, budget deficits), political risks, (regime stability, standards of living, risk of conflict) and factors linked with the business environment (good governance, rule of law, investment codes, tax incentives).

In all cases, Botswana does extremely well. It received 563 points out of a maximum 700 in the 'risk for exporters' category. This corresponds to the ranking given to a very low risk OECD country.

Although Botswana came second after Singapore, it is ahead of other Asian tigers like Hong Kong and Taiwan, a Latin American puma like Chile or a desert lion like the United Arab Emirates.

Africa doing better

In the 'risks for investors' category, Botswana emerged as 'low risk', with a total of 520 points, and is ranked among the best, after Singapore, Hong Kong and Chile.

Botswana is not the only African country to rank high as a low risk environment, Mauritius has also done remarkably well, with 496 points (very low risk for exporters) and 499 points (very low risk for investors). …

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