• BOTSWANA: AN OVERVIEW

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    This 5-page paper provides an overview of Botswana and its potential position on nuclear energy power and the Global Nuclear Energy Project (GNEP). Bibliograhy lists 4 sources.

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    BOTSWANA: AN OVERVIEW 10/2008 Please Country Overview  The country well be focusing on is Botswana, or the Republic of Botswana, which is on the southern part of the African continent  (CIA World Factbook, 2008). The current population stands at just under 2 million (1.8 million), according to a July 2008 estimate (CIA World Factbook, 2008).  The GPD of the country is $26.04 billion (a 2007 estimate), with the GDP per person at $14,300 (CIA World Factbook, 2008). Thanks to fiscal discipline, Botswana  is considered one of the best credit risks in Africa. Diamond mining is an important product, as well as tourism, financial services, subsistence farming and cattle raising (CIA World Factbook,  2008). A 2005 estimate puts foreign aid at $70.89 million (CIA World Factbook, 2008). The country itself could be considered an emerging  third-world nation that is fast becoming developed. Unfortunately, the continued high rates of poverty, combined with the increasing spread of HIV/AIDS and the flood of refugees from Zimbabwe could strain  Botswanas economic strength (CIA World Factbook, 2008). Politics Botswana is a parliamentary republic (CIA World Factbook, 2008).The chief of state is president  Seretse Khama Ian Khama, who took office in April 2008 and will serve for five years (CIA World Factbook, 2008). The president is both chief of state and head of  government (CIA World Factbook, 2008). Khama is a member of the BDP (Botswana Democratic Party) Central Committee, which is considered to be the conservative wing of the political group. The 

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