Wednesday, March 11, 2009

AfroBarometer Survey suggests Batswana open to international community

Republic of Botswana (10/3/09): TAUTONA TIMES no 6 of 2009
The Weekly Electronic Press Circular of the Office of the President “Democracy, Development, Dignity and Discipline”

C6) 4/3/09: AfroBarometer Survey suggests Batswana open to international community

Recently released data from the Round 4 AfroBarometer Survey in Botswana, suggest that Batswana are relatively positive in their perceptions about the impact of various international actors on their well being. The figure below reflects the response by those sampled to the question: “In your opinion how much does each of the following help your country?”

In their perception of the influence of international investors on government 25% of the respondents said that they had too little, 30% said that they had the right amount, while only 15% said they had too much.

The AfroBarometer Survey was conducted in October 2008 with a nationally representative probability sample of 1200 adult Batswana living in all 26 Districts and sub-Districts. Its authors report that the Survey’s probability of selection was proportionate to the population size based on the most recent census. It is thus said to be accurate to within a margin of error of plus or minus 3%, at a confidence level of 95%.

It may be further noted that the above public perception findings dovetail with international benchmark surveys that have measured the openness of Botswana’s economy and institutions to trans-national input. For example the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace “Globalisation Index” has ranked Botswana number one (1) in Africa and number thirty (30) in the world, just below Japan. Among the countries classified as “developing”, Botswana was ranked number three (3) after Malaysia (20) and Panama (27) and just ahead of Republic of (South) Korea (32). Rankings on the Globalisation Index were determined by the combined score of weighted variables covering economic, personal, technological and political categories.

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