Botswana is one of the few countries in Africa that has achieved an economic miracle since independence in 1966. It is a peaceful, democratic country where people of different races religions and creeds live in harmony. Genuine elections have been held at regular intervals since independence. Botswana has been a bastion of political stability in a region of turmoil.
A poor, predominantly agricultural country has been transformed by the mining of diamonds, in 1971, into one of Africa's wealthiest nations with a per capita income of $3,300. The nation boasts a high literacy rate and a flexible, well-educated workforce.