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U.S. Relationship

U.S. Botswana Relations

Since independence, Botswana has consistently maintained a democratic government, responsibly managed its natural resources, and invested in its people and infrastructure. The bilateral relationship is strong and grounded in a shared commitment to good governance and inclusion. The U.S. and Botswana also share an interest in ensuring Botswana’s continued success through economic diversification.

U.S. Assistance to Botswana

In a whole of government approach, the U.S. partners with Botswana in a comprehensive HIV/AIDs program linking communities to health facilities to reduce new infections and put HIV positive people on life saving treatment in order to achieve epidemic control. Together, the U.S. and Botswana are leading the way in community-based approaches to addressing and controlling the epidemic.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The U.S. is the largest destination market for Botswana’s chief export, rough diamonds, and Americans are the largest component of foreign safari tourists, a service export for Botswana. Botswana is eligible for preferential trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

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