The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) offers a variety of services, such as basic touch-tone telephone, fax, telex, internet, VSAT, paging system, digital PABX, Voicemail, Toll-free Lease Lines, and Packet Switched Data Services. Botswana has excellent communication facilities with Europe, USA and Asia, and the rates charged by BTC are competitive. BTC has one of the best digital networks in Africa having achieved nearly 100 percent digitalisation. The teledensity of 4.0 (exchange lines per 100 population) is one of the highest in Southern Africa. The country is well connected via the earth-satellite station through Intelsat and the ISDN network which links Botswana to the outside world, with direct dialling to at least 180 countries around the world.
External Link: http://www.btc.bw
Distance from Major Centres
Gaborone, the capital city is 380 km from Johannesburg; 1510 km from Cape Town; 990 km from Harare; 600 km from Bulawayo and 1365 km from Lusaka.
The national carrier, Air Botswana, operates several scheduled flights within the country and in the region.
External Link: www.airbotswana.co.bw
Regional flights are also serviced by South African Express Airways and a number of smaller private charter air services operate throughout the country.
Rail Transport and Dry Port Facility
Botswana Railways forms part of a crucial link in the regional railway network system. Through Spoornet of the Republic of South Africa in the south, and National Railways of Zimbabwe in the north, Botswana Railways provides a connection to Namibia and Swaziland and a continuous rail link to Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania and Malawi. Botswana Railways operates containerised Dry Port facilities in the capital Gaborone, in north-eastern Botswana in Francistown and Selibe-Phikwe in the country’s centre. These serve as dry port facilities for locally based importers and exporters, offering containerised door-to-door delivery.
Botswana is at the centre of the Southern African region and easily accessible by roads from all major regional centres.
The Trans-Kalahari Highway is a 595-kilometre corridor which links the capitals of Namibia (Windhoek) and Botswana (Gaborone), and serves as a strategic link in the Maputo-Walvis Bay Economic Corridor. It plays an international role as it provides cheaper access routes to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe as well as making game reserves and other tourist attractions more accessible.
The country has a well-developed banking sector comprising the following banks: Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays Bank, First National Bank, and Stanbic Bank. These banks can advance both short and medium term loans, as well as working capital. The National Development Bank is another financial institution, which advances long term capital to the manufacturing sector.
International Financial Services Centre (IFSC)
Botswana has established an International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in the capital, Gaborone. The IFSC is an excellent investment opportunity, creating great flexibility for conducting off-shore business.
The IFSC offers foreign investors a 15% corporate tax rate that is guaranteed until June 2020. Other benefits include exemption from withholding taxes, provision of credits for withholding taxes levied in foreign jurisdictions, access to Botswana's Double Taxation Treaty network and no foreign exchange or capital controls, which have been abolished since 1999. The aim of the IFSC is to attract companies that are currently operating or intend to operate in Africa to Botswana. Companies are invited to situate their administrative head office within the jurisdiction of the Botswana IFSC to enjoy the benefits outlined above. Botswana’s IFSC is one of three in the world and the only IFSC in Africa.
External Link: www.botswanaifsc.com