A vegetable vendor at a market in Botswana. The African Development Bank's two-pillar partnership strategy in the country involves private sector development, where it will support programs aimed at improving the business environment and trade competitiveness. Photo by: D'Anne Harp / CC BY-SA
Botswana owes much of its growth to diamond mining.
Since it started mining diamonds in 1971, the country has seen its economy grow exponentially, with its gross domestic product reaching $14.8 billion in 2013. Botswana’s per capita income has grown dramatically as a result, increasing from $80 in 1966 to $7,750 in 2014.
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