African Union to opt for austerity in 2023 budget
The foreign ministers of the AU descended on Lusaka on 14 July to endorse its budget for 2023. Coming in at just under $600m, it represents a drop in spending of 9% compared to 2022.
Botswana's Jacob Thamage, coordinator of state-owned diamond-processing centre Diamond Hub Botswana and new chair of the Kimberley Process following Botswana's assumption of the organisation's presidency in November, was in New York 21-22 March
The risk of seeing diamonds produced by Russian group Alrosa, including in Angola, being used to finance Russia's war on Ukraine has brought a reaction from the civil society coalition monitoring implementation of the Kimberley Process.
To attract independent electricity producers, Gaborone is planning to update the regulatory framework of its electricity sector in order to be in line with President Mokgweetsi Masisi's plans to diversify #Botswana's coal-heavy energy mix
In Gaborone, the government of Mokgweetsi Masisi is hoping to capitalise on the sale of the assets of the former public copper-nickel-cobalt flagship BCL to promote job creation, which until now has been touted as the main weakness of its economic programme.
The De Beers-Botswana state JV, which represents a third of the country's GDP, is looking for a new boss and with the company in the process of renegotiating its diamond sales contract, the choice of CEO is tangled with political considerations.
Of all the directorates of the Southern African Development Community, the one charged with regional political, defence, and security issues is by far the most strategic. Headed by Angola's Jorge Cardoso, it has to humour the changing moods of the organisation's rotating presidents at a time when a SADC military response is increasingly expected in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province.
Following the failure of the humanitarian truce called for on March 18 by the United Nations to prevent the coronavirus (Covid-19) spreading in Libya, nothing seems likely to stop the fighting in Tripoli between Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) [.