During a gathering in Gaborone this week, the leader of opposition Alliance for Progressives (AP), Ndaba Gaolathe, put on his economic hat and weighed in on the fuss over the De Beers/Botswana divide which has generated debate like no other in independent Botswana and drawn unprecedented attention to the small landlocked diamond rich country.
Gaolathe is a finance expert and researcher by profession, having worked at BIDPA, the Botswana Institute of Development Policy Analysis, and several finance institutions. Toward the end of his speech that evening, he warned: “It would be a blunder of grave proportions to walk away from De Beers without a plan.”
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