The Republic of Botswana - the land of the Batawana tribes- (formerly known as Bechuanaland) is located in Southern Africa. Most of the country is near-desert, with the Kalahari occupying the western part of the country. Botswana became independent in Sept.1996 and assumed its present name.
Rural population is 80% and population growth rate 3.5%. The country is divided into 10 districts.
Important crops: Cattle industry is the most important economic activity. Sorghum, corn, millet, bean. Beef is the main export.
Mineral Resources Diamond, manganese, asbestos, coal, copper and nickel are leading mineral resources.
Economy: The economy is closely tied to that of South Africa. Botswana's per capita income grew 9.2% between 1965 and 1996. But in 2001, the country had the highest rate of HIV infection in the world.
Indian Mission in Botswana:
High commission of India
Plot 5375, President's Drive
Private Bag 249, Gaborone, Botswana