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27 may 2019

Botswana Resource Sector conference begins

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The annual Botswana Resource Sector Conference, which seeks to increase investment into the southern African nation’s mining industry, has commenced in Gaborone.
Minister of mineral resources, Green technology and energy security Eric Molale is expected to make a keynote address today (Monday).
Presentations and panel discussions will focus on the diamond, copper, coal mining sectors as well as energy, water, transport and infrastructure.
Botswana’s real gross domestic product growth is expected to weaken over the next few years due to falling diamond production and below-trend construction sector growth.
Fitch Solutions has projected Botswana’s real GDP growth to slow to 3.9% and 4.1% in 2019 and 2020 respectively, from 4.5% in 2018.

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