Public Procurement in Botswana: A Survey of Issues

  • Emmanuel Botlhale
Part of the Contemporary African Political Economy book series (CONTAPE)


This chapter presents a discrepancy analysis of the goals and outcomes of public procurement restructuring in Botswana. While the objectives of decentralization have mostly been achieved through the establishment of public procurement bodies at the national and local levels, there remain important challenges such as the lack of capacity in subnational bodies, information management constraints, delays in the vetting of tenderers, and perception of corruption by the public and the media. Botswana’s open policy in public procurement has made winners and losers in government contracts. Domestic companies asked to compete with foreigners cry foul play, especially when competition is with Chinese companies financially backed by their home government.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emmanuel Botlhale
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  1. 1.Department of Political and Administrative Studies at the University of BotswanaGaboroneSouth Africa

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