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Masedi Mao Motswapong

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Mr. Masedi Motswapong is a public policy analyst with interest in international economics and trade, with 8 years of successful and progressive experience in contributing to national policy and economic development. He has contributed immensely to public policy with relevant research outputs. He is hardworking and highly responsible with work, high capacity of teamwork and strong commitment in projects delivery within budget and time allocated. Mr Motswapong, Research Fellow, International Economics and Trade unit at BIDPA, holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Botswana. Mr Motswapong has been a team member for several consultancy projects, some of which include:

(i) A study on the Analysis of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Tariff Structures and Identification of Priority Areas for Botswana, 2008,

(ii) A study on the Inventory Assessment of Botswana’s National Policies, Regional and Multilateral Commitments in Trade Related Issues, 2008.

(iii) A study to investigate the impact of the SACU Tariff Policy on Food Prices in the Sub-Region, 2008 - 2009.

(iv) Southern African Development Research Network (SADRN) Project-The International Trade Unit is hosed the Thematic Theme on Trade and Pro-Poor Growth, 2008- 2009.

(v) A study to map out investment opportunities in District and Town Councils in Botswana, 2011.

(vi) A study on Mining and the Diversification of the Botswana Economy, 2011-2013.

(vii) A study to inform Botswana’s choice between SACU and SADC Customs Union, 2011.

(viii) Report of the Special Select Committee of Inquiry on the Botswana Meat Commission and the Beef Industry, 2013.

(ix) A study to assess the Costs and Benefits of Botswana’s membership in SACU, 2014.

(x) A study to review and align Economic Policies, strategies and laws (along with their regulations) in Botswana, 2014 and

(xi) A report on the 13th BOCCIM National Business Conference, 2014.

(xii) Waste Management Policy, 2015.



  • Grynberg R. and Motswapong M. (2011). Competition and Trade Policy: The Case of Botswana Poultry Industry. BIDPA Working Paper 31.
  • Grynberg R. and Motswapong M. (2012). SACU Revenue Sharing Formula: Towards a Developmental Agreement. BIDPA Working Paper 32.
  • Motswapong M. and Grynberg R. (2013). Key Economic Policy Issues in the Textile and Clothing sector in Botswana. BIDPA Working Paper 34
  • Kaboyakgosi G. and Motswapong M. (2013). Retirement Funds Regulation in Botswana- Managing Risks. In Kaboyakgosi, et al, (2013), Industry regulation in Botswana. BIDPA.
  • Siphambe H. and Motswapong M. (2010). Female Participation in the Labour Market of Botswana; Results from the 2005/06 Labour Force Survey Data. The Botswana Journal of Economics. Volume 7, Issue 11, 65-78. The Journal of the Botswana Economics Association.
  • Motswapong M. and Grynberg R. (2014). The Textile and Clothing Sector in Botswana: Challenges and Opportunities. The Botswana Journal of Economics, 12 (2014): 11-26.
  • Kaboyakgosi G. and Motswapong M. (2014). Regulatory Frameworks and Economic Diversification in Botswana. Conference paper on Are Diamonds there forever?  Prospects of a Sustainable Development Model for Botswana
  • Grynberg R. and Motswapong M. (2010), The 2007/8 Food Crisis: The Case of Maize and Maize Taxation in Southern Africa, TIPS under the Trade and Pro-Poor Growth Thematic working Group,
  • Motswapong M. and Grynberg R. (2013). Botswana textile sector relies on US and EU tax incentives. Global Industry Outlook, Fibre2Fashion, Volume 01, Issue 12, page 12.
  • Grynberg R. Sengwaketse M. and Motswapong M. (2014). Synthetic Gem Quality Diamonds and their Potential Impact on the Botswana Economy. BIDPA Publication Series.
  • Grynberg R. Sengwaketse M. and Motswapong M. (2015). Botswana Post-Diamond Study Report: Consequences of and Responses to the Depletion of Botswana's Diamond Reserves
  • Maiketso J.T and Motswapong M. (2015). Legal and Regulatory Measures Affecting Trade in the Botswana Livestock Sector
  • Grynberg R. Sengwaketse M. and Motswapong M. (2015). Synthetic Gem Quality Diamonds and their Potential Impact on the Botswana Economy. In Grynberg and Mbayi (2015).  Global Diamond Industry Economics and Development Volume II
  • Grynberg R. and Motswapong M. (2016). Development of the poultry sector in Botswana: From good intensions to legal oligopoly. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics, 8(2): 14-26, 2016

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