Foreign Trade (As % of GDP) fell to 73.8% in Botswana in 2017

Foreign Trade (As % of GDP) (%)
Economy | Botswana | May 17, 2019
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Foreign trade as a share of GDP reached 73.8 % in 2017 in Botswana, according to the National Statistical Office. This is 20.6 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, foreign trade as a share of GDP in Botswana reached an all time high of 125 % in 1983 and an all time low of 65.9 % in 1960. When compared to Botswana's main peers, foreign trade as a share of GDP in Namibia amounted to 84.1 %, 58.2 % in South Africa, 71.5 % in Zambia and 50.0 % in Zimbabwe in 2017.

Botswana has been ranked 92nd within the group of 165 countries we follow in terms of foreign trade as a share of GDP, 26 places behind the position seen 10 years ago.

Trade is the sum of exports and imports of goods and services measured as a share of gross domestic product.

Foreign Trade (As % of GDP) Unit 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Angola % 100.0% 91.8% 86.8% 79.3% 62.9%
Botswana % 104% 111% 123% 115% 106%
Dem. Republic of the Congo % 85.2% 68.4% 77.5% 78.7% 59.3%
Lesotho % 139% 139% 125% 118% 122% ...
Mozambique % 88.3% 111% 114% 118% 104%
Namibia % 103% 104% 99.2% 102% 107%
South Africa % 60.1% 60.9% 64.2% 64.4% 61.6%
Swaziland % 104% 99.9% 99.5% 105% 99.7%
Tanzania % 56.2% 54.4% 48.6% 45.4% 40.8%
Zambia % 76.2% 79.1% 84.6% 80.1% 79.9%
Zimbabwe % 89.5% 74.2% 58.7% 54.7% 56.7%