Botswana Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report

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Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, Industry Forecasts, BMI's Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Risk Reward Index, Market Summary, Economic Forecasts, Company Profiles and Competitive Landscape.

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BMI View: The growth of Botswana's pharmaceutical and healthcare markets will remain limited over the coming years as multinational drugmakers are unlikely to establish a direct manufacturin g presence within the country. T he government's ongoing commitment to alleviating the overwhelming HIV/AIDS burden in the country will , however, continue to provide opportunities for generic drugmakers in the public healthcare sector. A s the burden of non-communicable diseases increases in the country, we expect this to provide a more attractive profile for foreign drugmakers over the long-term.

Headline Expenditure Projections

  • Pharmaceuticals: BWP1.96bn (USD190mn) in 2015 to BWP2.15bn (USD180mn) in 2016; +9.4% in local currency terms and -5.7% in US dollar terms. Forecast unchanged from Q 2 1 6 .

  • Healthcare: BWP8.33bn (USD820mn) in 2015 to BWP9.06bn (USD770mn) in 2016; +8.8% in local currency terms and -6.3% in US dollar terms. Forecast unchanged from Q 2 16 .

Headline Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Forecasts (Botswana 2014-2020)
2014 2015 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f 2020f
f = BMI forecast. Source: WHO, National Sources, BMI
Pharmaceutical sales, USDbn 0.200 0.190 0.180 0.190 0.190 0.200 0.210
Pharmaceutical sales, % of GDP 1.27 1.31 1.33 1.34 1.34 1.33 1.33
Pharmaceutical sales, % of health expenditure 23.4 23.6 23.7 23.9 24.1 24.2 24.4
Health spending, USDbn 0.860 0.820 0.770 0.780 0.800 0.830 0.870

Risk/Reward Index

In our Q316 Pharmaceutical Risk/Reward Index (RRI) Botswana maintains its score of 40.2 out of 100, remaining below the regional average of 41.3. This relates to the country's overall small pharmaceutical market size and lengthy approval and procurement times. Subdued demand and prices for diamonds -Botswana's key commodity export - will continue to weigh on economic growth in 2016, which in turn will negatively impact on short-term pharmaceutical market growth. In Africa alone, Botswana is ranked sixth, highlighting the country's potential as a pharmaceutical market. The government's continued commitment to improving healthcare provision is a stand out factor here.

Latest Updates

  • In March 2016, it was reported that Botswana is attempting to amend its domestic patent laws based on India's intellectual property model, which permits the government to issue compulsory licences to local drugmakers allowing the manufacture of patented medicines.

  • In March 2016, Parliament approved a health budget proposal of over BWP6.48bn (USD600mn) for the 2015/16 financial year - now inclusive of funds for the National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA), the Teaching Hospital and Medicines Regulatory Authority.

  • In February 2016, Tendani Gaolathe of the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership, announced that Botswana is already close to reaching the 90-90-90 target for diagnosis, treatment and viral suppression of HIV/AIDS in the country.

BMI Political View

Botswana remains the least corrupt nation in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) following sound legal institutions and anti-corruption initiatives. The southern African nation held its rank as the least corrupt country in SSA for the 20th consecutive year as rated by Transparency International. Botswana has sound institutions and a solid legal framework which include the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime and the Financial Intelligence Agency. The nation has additional initiatives such as a designated High Court judge to address cases of corruption, an anti-corruption unit and anti-corruption curricula in schools.

BMI Economic View

Fiscal consolidation measures will be implemented by the Botswana government over FY2016/17 due to strained diamond revenues. We forecast a budget deficit of 2.6% for FY2016/17 and believe that this will be sustainable since the Botswana government has a reputation of being fiscally prudent.

BMI Industry View
Table: Headline Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Forecasts (Botswana 2014-2020)
Industry Forecast
Pharmaceutical Market Forecast
Table: Pharmaceutical Sales, Historical Data And Forecasts (Botswana 2012-2020)
Healthcare Market Forecast
Table: Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data And Forecasts (Botswana 2012-2020)
Table: Government Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data And Forecasts (Botswana 2012-2020)
Table: Private Healthcare Expenditure Trends, Historical Data And Forecasts (Botswana 2012-2020)
Botswana - Pharmaceutical Trade Forecast - Q1 2016
Table: Pharmaceutical Trade Data And Forecasts (Botswana 2014-2020)
Table: Pharmaceutical Trade Data And Forecasts Local Currency (Botswana 2014-2020)
Industry Risk/Reward Index
Middle East and Africa Risk/Reward Index - Q2 2016
Botswana Risk/Reward Index
Regulatory Review
Intellectual Property Issues
Pricing & Reimbursement Regime
Market Overview
Healthcare Sector
Research & Development
Clinical Trials
Competitive Landscape
Table: Multinational Market Activity
Generic Drugmakers
Pharmaceutical Distribution
Pharmaceutical Retail Sector
Company Profile
Gemi Pharmacure
Demographic Forecast
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Botswana 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Botswana 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Botswana 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Botswana 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Botswana 1990-2025)
Pharmaceutical Expenditure Forecast Model
Healthcare Expenditure Forecast Model
Notes On Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Index Overview
Table: Pharmaceutical Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Indicator Weightings

The Botswana Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report features BMI Research's forecasts for drugs and healthcare expenditure and imports and exports, focusing on the growth outlook for the prescription, OTC, patented drugs and generics market segments.

BMI's Botswana Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Report provides industry professionals, strategists, company executives, investors, analysts and sales/marketing heads with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Botswana pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's pharmaceutical and healthcare market forecasts for Botswana, to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Botswanan pharmaceutical and healthcare market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Botswanan pharmaceutical and healthcare sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Botswana.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors using our company profiles (including SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity) and competitive landscape tables.


BMI Industry View

An at-a-glance perspective on the latest regulatory developments, key forecast indicators and major corporate developments, covering the prescription, OTC and generics markets. The pharmaceuticals and healthcare SWOT outlines strategic factors that affect the basic assumptions underpinning BMI’s forecast analysis, and taken together with BMI’s political, economic and business environment SWOTs, it gives a complete overview of market climate.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Industry forecasts to end-2019 for all key indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecasts:

  • Healthcare: Total healthcare expenditure (USDbn), healthcare expenditure (% of GDP), healthcare expenditure per capita (USD), hospital beds, doctors, and birth & mortality rates (all per ‘000 population).
  • Pharmaceutical Market: Drug expenditure in USDbn, % of GDP and per capita (USD).
  • Patented Drug Market: Prescription drug sales (USDbn & % of total sales).
  • Generic Drug Market: Generic product sales (USDbn), generic sales (% of total sales).
  • OTC Drug Market: OTC sales (USDbn & % of total sales).
  • Macroeconomic Forecasts: Nominal and real GDP, % real GDP growth, % private consumption growth, % industrial output growth, % consumer price index, % GDP price deflator, exports, imports, trade balance, current account balance, foreign direct investment, exchange rate against USD, government expenditure and external debt.

BMI’s Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Index provides investors (both national and multinational) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of the market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Summary

A snapshot of key market characteristics, including total size of the pharmaceuticals and healthcare segments, growth drivers, leading therapeutic areas and the competitive landscape

Industry Developments

A focus on government healthcare reforms, epidemiological trends, mergers and acquisitions, product launches, market entries, FDI activity, R&D, biotechnology, clinical trials and supply chain issues.

Regulatory Regime

Details of the industry regulatory framework and key legislation covering the licensing of new products/services, pricing and reimbursements, intellectual property, taxation and advertising, as well as analysis of the overall regulatory burden.

Competitive Landscape

The competitive landscape section provides comparative company analyses and index by USD sales and % share of total sales – for the total pharmaceutical sector, as well as the OTC, generics and distribution sub-sectors.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.