IBPP Research Associates: Botswana


This untitled article was originally published in the online version of The Botswana Gazette in late 1999. The article could not be provided for download due to copyright restrictions. Contact The Botswana Gazette (http://www.thegazette.news/contact/) for details.

The article discusses the 14 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) the the South Africa government has imposed on imports and exports from Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland (BNLS).

IBPP Commentary. It is ironic that while political demonstrators in Seattle are frequently attacking the WTO as being a predatory stalking horse for the governments of developed countries and for "big business" without regard for large majorities of the world population, some members of at least one Third World country views the WTO as a potential savior from economic disaster.