Policy Forum

Botswana and Mauritius: African Success Stories

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Date and Time
June 19, 2008 12 - 1:30 PM EDT
Featuring Lapologang Caesar Lekoa, Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana and Kailash Ruhee, Ambassador of the Republic of Mauritius. Moderated by Marian Tupy, Cato Institute.

On a continent scarred by political repression and economic underdevelopment, Botswana and Mauritius stand out. In 2007, Freedom House certified both countries as free, and the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World report found that Botswana and Mauritius had the two freest economies in Africa. According to the World Bank, the two also have—along with Seychelles—Africa’s highest per capita incomes. What explains that success? Why did the institutions of freedom take root in Botswana and Mauritius, while failing to do so in most other African countries? How do the two countries intend to maintain high growth in an increasingly globalized world? Please join us to hear our speakers elaborate on the past successes and future challenges facing Botswana and Mauritius.