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Botswana Download Profile (1720.2KB, pdf)
Region Sub-Saharan Africa
Income Category Upper middle income
Population 2,262,485
GNI Per Capita (US$) 6,510
City covered Gaborone



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DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 71 70 down
65.55 65.39 down
Starting a Business 153 143 down
76.21 76.21
Dealing with Construction Permits 50 53 up
74.81 73.70 up
Getting Electricity 125 124 down
59.25 59.34 down
Registering Property 70 69 down
67.27 67.25 up
Getting Credit 75 70 down
55.00 55.00
Protecting Minority Investors 81 78 down
55.00 55.00
Paying Taxes 55 52 down
80.58 80.58
Trading across Borders 51 51
85.93 85.93
Enforcing Contracts 132 130 down
50.95 50.95
Resolving Insolvency 64 64
50.53 49.97 up

Positive= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business.Negative= Change making it more difficult to do business.

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Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 11.8
Name of utility Botswana Power Corporation
City Gaborone
Indicator Botswana Sub-Saharan Africa OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 5 5.3 4.8
Time (days) info_outline 77 120.4 76.2
Cost (% of income per capita) info_outline 323.7 3,872.5 62.5
Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8) info_outline 0 0.6 7.5
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    Submit application to Botswana Power Company (BPC) and await estimate

    Agency: Botswana Power Company

    The customer can obtain and submit the application form from any BPC office regardless of the location of the premises where the connection is required. If the application is made by letter, the customer's full details, the location details as well as the supply load must be provided. If the applicant is not the owner of the property to be electrified, the owner's written consent should be provided by the applicant.

    7 calendar days BWP 0

    Receive site visit from BPC and await estimate

    Agency: Botswana Power Company

    The utility will conduct an external site inspection to determine the distance of the property from the nearest point of supply and assess the power supply requirement,

    11 calendar days BWP 0

    Receive and pay estimate and receive external works

    Agency: Botswana Power Company

    After the external site inspection, the utility will provide a cost estimate to the customer which will include the connection costs, (material and labor) and the security deposit on the meter, which is returned upon disconnection, with no interest.

    45 calendar days BWP 205,721.11

    Request and receive testing of internal and external wiring

    Agency: Botswana Power Company

    Once all the external works are completed, BPC will test both the internal and external wiring. The customer must proceed as follows: 1. Make an appointment with the BPC Inspection Department for testing of the installation. The first test is free.
    2. A certificate is issued when the installation passes the test.
    3. In the event of the installation failing the first test, a fee will be charged for any subsequent tests.
    4. It is important that the appointment for the test be done in consultation with the customer’s electrical contractor. His presence will be required when the installation is tested.
    5. Test certificates issued by The Department of Electrical and Mechanical Services, for Government projects or by one of the BPC approved consultants on behalf of the Corporation are acceptable proof of the installation having passed an inspection.

    7 calendar days BWP 0

    Submit stamped inspection certificate to BPC, sign supply contract and receive turn-on of electricity

    Agency: Botswana Power Company

    There is an option of paying the security deposit at this point or earlier, along with connection costs.

    7 calendar days BWP 0

  • Measure of quality
    Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8)
    Total duration and frequency of outages per customer a year (0-3)
    System average interruption duration index (SAIDI) ..
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) ..
    Mechanisms for monitoring outages (0-1)
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to monitor outages? Yes
    Mechanisms for restoring service (0-1)
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to restore service? No
    Regulatory monitoring (0-1)
    Does a regulator—that is, an entity separate from the utility—monitor the utility’s performance on reliability of supply? No
    Financial deterrents aimed at limiting outages (0-1)
    Does the utility either pay compensation to customers or face fines by the regulator (or both) if outages exceed a certain cap? No
    Communication of tariffs and tariff changes (0-1)
    Are effective tariffs available online? Yes
    Link to the website, if available online http://www.bpc.bw/Pages/tariffs.aspx
    Are customers notified of a change in tariff ahead of the billing cycle? Yes
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 11.8


    If the duration and frequency of outages is 100 or less, the economy is eligible to score on the Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index.

    If the duration and frequency of outages is not available, or is over 100, the economy is not eligible to score on the index.