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Development of the poultry sector in Botswana: From good intentions to legal oligopoly
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This paper examines the development of the Botswana’s poultry sector, which has become the dominant meat industry in Botswana. The poultry sector is the most successful example of import substitution in Botswana with the country having achieved nation

Research Group
 International Trade and Finance

Date
  28th June 2017

Author
 Roman Grynberg; Masedi Motswapong

Keywords
  Poultry industry; competition policy; trade policy

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This paper examines the development of the Botswana’s poultry sector, which has become the
dominant meat industry in Botswana. The poultry sector is the most successful example of import
substitution in Botswana with the country having achieved national self sufficiency. The paper
describes the value chain in the industry and shows how, given the small size of the market, a high
degree of market concentration exists. This paper raises issues regarding the fundamental tension
between competition and industrial policy in a small developing country. As the larger firms in the
poultry industry move towards export readiness after 36 years of protection, the question of a new
trade and industry regime is considered.

 

 


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