Eligible Investors serviced at the ISC:
Investor Services Centres work in collaboration with the Botswana One Stop Services Centre (BOSSC) and other business regulators, to facilitate SEZ investors. For an investor to be facilitated at the investor services center as a SEZA client, the investor must be issued with an Investor Licence in accordance with the Special Economic Zones Regulations (Reg 30 (1) Form 5). To acquire an Investor License, the investor must satisfy specific requirements in accordance with the SEZ Regulations (Reg 25 – 28), outlined as follows:
Permitted Activities eligible for licensing and operate in Botswana Special Economic Zones are as follows:
(i) Agrobusiness activities,
(ii) Manufacturing activities,
(iii) Warehousing, distributions, and logistics services, and
(iv) Internationally traded services.
Activities to be carried by businesses operating in the SEZs should be carried out in accordance with the Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) Rules of Origin (ROO) requirements.
In instances where an application to operate in an SEZ is for a brownfield operation, i.e. an expansion of an already existing business from a customs territory to a special economic zone, then an application shall include a statement establishing that:
- No part of the operations of the existing business is to be moved to the special economic zone
- The applicant intends to export 100% of its annual production or sales, except in cases where an exemption from the 100% requirement has been granted by the Minister
- The investment in the special economic zone is an incremental investment that will generate new employment and products or services in addition to those provided by the operations of the existing business