List of companies of Botswana

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Location of Botswana

Botswana is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The citizens refer to themselves as Batswana (singular: Motswana).[1][not in citation given] Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966.[2] Since then, it has maintained a strong tradition of stable representative democracy, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections.

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.[3] 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.[4]

Notable firms[edit]

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.

     Active firms
     State-owned firms
     Defunct firms

Name Industry Sector Headquarters Founded Notes
Air Botswana Consumer services Travel & leisure Gaborone 1972 State airline
BancABC Financials Banks Gaborone 1997 Financial services
Bank of Botswana Financials Banks Gaborone 1975 Central bank
Botswana Guardian Consumer services Media Gaborone 1982 Newspaper
Botswana Meat Commission Consumer goods Food & beverage Lobatse 1965
Botswana Power Corporation Utilities Electricity Gaborone 1970
Botswana Railways Industrials Industrial transportation Gaborone 1987 Railway
Botswana Stock Exchange Financials Financial services Gaborone 1995
Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Telecommunications Fixed line telecommunications Gaborone 1980
Botswana TV Consumer services Media Gaborone 1997 Television
Debswana Basic materials Basic resources Gaborone 1969 Diamonds and coal
Mack Air Consumer services Travel & leisure Maun 1994 Charter airline
MASCOM Telecommunications Mobile telecommunications Gaborone 1998
Mmegi Consumer services Media Gaborone 1984 Newspaper
Motor Company of Botswana Consumer goods Automobiles Gaborone 1992 Automotive, defunct 2001
The Botswana Gazette Consumer services Media Gaborone 1984 Newspaper
The Voice Consumer services Media Francistown 1993 Newspaper
Water Utilities Corporation Utilities Water Francistown 1970
Wilderness Air Consumer services Travel & leisure Maun 1991 Charter airline

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Botswana Profile". 
  2. ^ "Bechuanaland was the former name of Botswana". 
  3. ^ "Botswana". The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Gross national income (GNI) – Nations Online Project. Retrieved on 27 October 2016.