World Bank Approves $150 Million Development Policy Loan To Botswana

The World Bank has approved a Development Policy Loan (DPL) to the government of Botswana, aimed at supporting reforms to stimulate inclusive, resilient and low-carbon growth following the combined impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global food, energy and climate shocks.

The $150 million Economic Resilience and Green Recovery DPL II is the second in a programmatic series of two operations, following the disbursement of $250 million under the first loan, approved in June 2021. This second operation builds on the government’s program and progress made to strengthen social protection, improve access to finance by small businesses, and prioritize energy access and a move toward a low-carbon recovery.

“The development policy financing provides important fiscal space and technical support to the Government of Botswana’s policy efforts under the Economic Recovery and Transformation Plan. We are glad to work with the World Bank as a trusted partner to create a more resilient and inclusive economy that benefits Batswana,” says Peggy Serame, Minister of Finance for  Botswana.

The objectives of this operation are to support the government’s response to multiple shocks, strengthen the development of the private sector and promote a resilient, low-carbon recovery and it is aligned with the last Country Partnership Framework. 

It supports several essential reforms recently adopted by the government under three pillars: Pillar 1 involves additional social protection reforms that will improve the shock responsiveness of social spending, particularly in response to climate change. Under Pillar 2, financial sector regulatory reforms will increase confidence in the credit information ecosystem; help formalize micro, small and medium-sized enterprises; and enable access to credit, supporting private sector development. Energy sector reforms under Pillar 3 will support government efforts toward universal access and renewable energy transition.

“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and other global shocks have made the need to diversify the economy, create more jobs, and rebuild fiscal buffers more urgent . We are pleased to support the government’s efforts to put Botswana on a more inclusive, resilient, and low-carbon growth path,” says Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, World Bank Country Director for Eswatini, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa.

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