Technical Assistance to Identify opportunities and promote investment (including FDI) and business climate reforms in Botswana’s ICT sector study (Africa RISE, BOT-011)

The Project at A Glance

International Economics (IEC) is supporting Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) in conducting a sector study to identify potential for ICT export expansion as well as investment opportunities in the ICT sector in Botswana and inform the design of strategies and policies to spur growth in the ICT sector and IT-enabled services.

What We Found

The sector study will consider, as part of the analysis, investment opportunities in labour-intensive segments of the ICT sector; and explore investment and employment opportunities for women and rural communities. The component of the policy and regulatory analysis of the ICT sector study is expected to assess, among others, specific areas to be addressed to enable ease of participation of women in the ICT SME sub-sector.
Botswana’s exports of telecommunications and computer services, albeit small, suggest that there could be scope to exploit export-oriented investment opportunities in the ICT sector with the potential to expand ICT services exports further. In addition, the ICT sector is seen also as a critical enabler for the efficient delivery of products and services across all economic sectors, including government services. However, despite the high levels of infrastructure investment, there is little evidence of an expected incoming flow of ICT-related FDI, or innovative local investors preparing to build out digital platforms and offer new creative services.

Our Strategy and Impact

IEC’s approach is to assess Botswana’s ICT sector with the aim of identifying investment opportunities in the potential to promote exports of ICT-enabled services, including digital technologies. As a part of the overall study, a sector study to identify the potential for ICT export expansion, as well as investment opportunities in the ICT sector in Botswana is being presented. The study will also inform the design of strategies and policies to spur growth in the ICT sector and IT-enabled services.
The proposed approach and methodology are, thus, anchored on this overall objective designed to deliver a practical and comprehensive report borne out of extensive stakeholder engagement and consultations, as well as benchmarking and desk research, combined with an extensive literature review to support Botswana to exploit export-oriented investment opportunities in the ICT sector, and expand ICT goods and service exports.

Our Core Solutions

E-Commerce and digital trade are an increasingly important way for businesses to transact with customers, creating immense opportunities, facilitate innovation, enhance competitiveness, and improve access in local and global markets.
International Economics Consulting provides advice and solutions on some of the latest emerging trends in e-commerce and digital trade such as paperless trading, e-payments, online consumer protection and data protection. We assist governments and businesses worldwide in creating an enabling environment for e-commerce and digital trade, to maximise economic growth and development.

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