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Bank of Botswana calls for tax reform before diamonds deplete

06 june 2018
Botswana should reform its tax regime before revenue from diamonds start depleting, according to a study done by the country’s central bank.

Image credit: Bank of Botswana

Botswana relied on diamonds for almost a fifth of its gross domestic product, however, the gemstones were expected to dwindle over the next 20 years.
“There is recognition that growth in diamond revenues has plateaued and might recede in the future,” Bloomberg cited the central bank as saying.
“It is thus important to explore alternative and sustainable sources of financing for public infrastructure.”
The central bank said specific tax reforms include removing widespread exemptions on value-added tax and investor concessions.
“We have recommended the expansion of the tax base through, among others, reducing the number of VAT-exempted items and replacing these with targeted social transfers,” said Tshokologo Kganetsano, director of research and f inancial stability.
Botswana had several long-standing tax concessions for investors, including the International Financial Services framework that provides for a 15 percent corporate tax rate, instead of the standard 22 percent and conditional exemptions on capital gains tax, withholding tax and other rates, according to Bloomberg.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished