Botswana sets currency to lose value faster in 2021

Botswana has set its pula currency to lose value at a faster rate this year, a senior official said Monday. That comes as Botswana seeks to boost export competitiveness to counteract the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on diamond sales.  The country’s economy is heavily reliant on diamonds.  

 The Government has set the pula to lose 2.87% this year from 1.51% in 2020, the most significant shift for many years. In 2020, the rate already marked a sharp change from previous years when the adjustment stood at below 1%. Botswana uses a crawling band exchange rate regime under which the pula is pegged to a basket of currencies, including the South African rand. Its value is adjusted upwards or downwards at the beginning of each year using a rate of crawl that factors in the inflation differential between Botswana and its major trading partners.

The currency basket was kept at 45% to the rand and 55% to the International Monetary Fund’s special drawing right currencies.


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