As one of the largest producers of gem-quality diamonds in the world, Botswana is an African nation that used to be a British colony and was independent from 1966.
At the time, it was one of the poorest in the world, with an average per capita GDP of US$84, fortunately discovered diamonds less than a year later - all of that would quickly change. When diamond ores were discovered, the government realized that it had an opportunity and an obligation to make that money work for the people. Much of them were used for infrastructure and social programs, which have become a hallmark of Botswana's culture.
Nowadays, its average per capita has risen to over US$7,500 and is classified as a upper middle-income country.
JICA has supported such Botswana's socio-economic development efforts and started at first Volunteer Program in 1992. Besides, currently technical cooperation and concessional loans have been extended for this country.
Continuously, we strive to support Botswana for economic diversification and poverty reduction.
JICA Resident Representative