Botswana is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. A mid-sized country of just over 2 million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated nations in the world. Around 10 percent of the population lives in the capital and largest city, Gaborone. Formerly one of the poorest countries in the world—with a GDP per capita of about US$70 per year in the late 1960s—Botswana has since transformed itself into one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. The economy is dominated by mining, cattle, and tourism. Botswana boasts a GDP (purchasing power parity) per capita of about $18,825 per year as of 2015, which is one of the highest in Africa.[1] Its high gross national income (by some estimates the fourth-largest in Africa) gives the country a modest standard of living and the highest Human Development Index of continental Sub-Saharan Africa.[2]

Notable firms

This list includes notable companies with primary headquarters located in the country. The industry and sector follow the Industry Classification Benchmark taxonomy. Organizations which have ceased operations are included and noted as defunct.

Notable companies
     Active      State-owned      Defunct
Name Industry Sector Headquarters Founded Notes
Air Botswana Consumer services Airlines Gaborone 1972 State airline
BancABC Financials Banks Gaborone 1997 Financial services
Bank of Botswana Financials Banks Gaborone 1975 Central bank
Botswana Meat Commission Consumer goods Food products Lobatse 1965 Meat
Botswana Power Corporation Utilities Conventional electricity Gaborone 1970
Botswana Railways Industrials Railroads Gaborone 1987 Railway
Botswana Stock Exchange Financials Investment services Gaborone 1995 Exchange
Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Gaborone 1980 Telco
Botswana TV Consumer services Broadcasting & entertainment Gaborone 1997 Television
Debswana Basic materials Diamonds & gemstones Gaborone 1969 Diamonds and coal
Mack Air Consumer services Airlines Maun 1994 Charter airline
MASCOM Telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Gaborone 1998 Mobile network
Mmegi Consumer services Publishing Gaborone 1984 Newspaper
Motor Company of Botswana Consumer goods Automobiles Gaborone 1992 Automotive, defunct 2001
The Botswana Gazette Consumer services Publishing Gaborone 1984 Newspaper
The Voice Consumer services Publishing Francistown 1993 Newspaper
Water Utilities Corporation Utilities Water Francistown 1970 Water
Wilderness Air Consumer services Airlines Maun 1991 Charter airline

See also


  1. ^ "Botswana". The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Gross national income (GNI) – Nations Online Project. Nationsonline.org. Retrieved on 27 October 2016.