This sub-sector includes financial institutions, hotels & tourism, and transport. The Corporation has invested in tourism infrastructure, and continues to be a major player in the industry. The Corporation’s strategy is very aligned to Botswana Government’s tourism strategy encourages the development of "high cost-low volume" ventures. In the financial services arena, Botswana Government offers many more additional incentives for development of projects in the financial services sector, including an attractive tax regime.
Central to Corporation’s mandate is to pioneer sectors and help grow them. Among these important sectors is the agricultural sector in Botswana. The importance of this sector cannot be overemphasized, with the need for the country to produce its own food being recognised as one of the best ways to reduce reliance on imports. The inherent risks and the slow rate of returns in the agricultural sector compel BDC, with its strong emphasis on development projects, to take a leading role in agricultural projects.
The Investment division provides monitoring and supervision services to BDC’s portfolio of companies engaged in a wide range of agricultural activities. In recognising the risks of investing in the agricultural sector, especially in a drought prone country such as Botswana, BDC assists in evaluating feasibility studies through the provision of agricultural technical information and experiences, with regards to modern farming in Botswana.
The full range of products offered by BDC, including long term loans and equity are available to investors looking to invest in agricultural projects.