The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised Botswana’s 2017 and 2018 economic growth forecast due to rising diamond demand, investment in the water and power sector and reforms to attract investment.
The IMF on Wednesday lifted the diamond producer’s 2017 and 2018 economic growth forecast to 4.5 and 4.8 percent respectively.
“The forecast assumes a gradual pace of reforms to improve the efficiency of the public sector and foster private sector activities,” the IMF said.
The latest forecast is higher than the IMF’s previous forecast for Botswana contained in its Africa regional economic outlook report released in April, which forecast growth at 4.1 percent in 2017 and 4.2 percent in 2018.
The IMF’s growth projection is more bullish than government forecasts. Finance Minister Kenneth Matambo said in February during the national budget presentation that the local economy was expected to grow by 4.2 percent this year.