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Macroeconomic Policy and Trade Integration in Southern Africa: Industrial Strategy Project of the Development Policy Research Unit University of Cape Town: Regional Research Workshop 30-31 August 1999, Irene Country Lodge, Gauteng

"The underlying question in this paper is whether a SADC free trade area requires convergence in macroeconomic variables and policies in the member countries. This question applies both to the initial conditions for getting the free trade area sta...

The African Growth and Opportunity Act : A Preliminary Analysis of the Possible Opportunities and Limitations to Botswana Exporters

"The paper identifies products that have received substantial trade concessions as a result of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which would otherwise carry a tariff rate of 15% or more when exported to the USA. It explores Botswana's ...

Monitoring Economic Integration in SADC, 2005

"This report on monitoring economic integration in SADC marks the start of a series of annual reports, intended to assist the SADC secretariat by providing information on the progress of economic integration in the region, measured in the light of...

Exchange Rate, Inflation and Competitive Power: An Analysis of the Relationship between Botswana's Exchange and Inflation Rates, and its Implication for the Competitive Strength of her Producers

"The present paper has grown out of two separate issues. These are, on the one hand, the specific preparations for a forthcoming reconstruction of the Macro Economic Model for Botswana (MEMBOT), and on the other, the general debate about Botswana'...

Workshop on EU SA Agreement on Trade, Development and Co-operation July 22 - 23, 1999

"This workshop aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the EU/RSA Agreement. The following titles comprise this workshop document: 1)Key Aspects of the EU South Africa Agreement on Trade, Development and Co-Operation. 2)EU SA Agreement on Trade, D...

Proceedings of the 2006 FOPRISA Annual Conference

"The Proceedings of the 2006 FOPRISA Annual Conference represents the culmination of research activities undertaken during the first year of FOPRISA, from 2005 to 2006. This collection of 15 papers covers four research themes: Democratic Developme...

Export Diversification and Infrastructure: The cost of Utilities for Business

"This policy brief focuses on the role of infrastructure and, in particular, the cost of utilities and their impact on export growth and diversification. Infrastructure services such as telecommunications, power and water are backbone services in ...

Trade Facilitation and Export Diversification in Botswana Part 2

"This brief reviews the contribution that transportation makes to trade facilitation in Botswana. As a landlocked export driven economy, efficient transport and transit procedures are important to support competitiveness and export growth. Transpo...

Botswana's Trade Agreements: Potential Benefits from Non-SACU Bilateral and Multi-Lateral Agreements

"This Policy Brief discussed a very fundamental question for Botswana at this point of global trade changes, namely, "Are there actual and/or potential benefits from non SACU bilateral and multilateral trade agreements?" This Policy Brief will foc...

Trade Facilitation and Export Diversification In Botswana Part 1: Customs and Border Procedures

"This Policy Brief focuses on customs and border procedures in Botswana and their role on export diversification initiatives. Customs is at the centre of trade facilitation because it is where the majority of administrative and procedural requirem...

Botswana Financial Services

"The objective of the review was to provide a comprehensive overview of the current financial sector environment. To achieve this, an evaluation of the financial sector was undertaken. The evaluation centred around market access policies, particul...

The Impact of Trade Liberalization on Botswana's Beef and Maize Sectors

"This paper seeks to identify the extent to which market distortions have occurred in the beef and maize sub-sectors in Botswana. The paper further analyses the possible effects of liberalization on these two sub-sectors in terms of who is likely...

Proceedings of the 2009 FOPRISA Annual Conference

"This is the eighth and last of the FOPRISA research reports between the Norwegian MFA and BIDPA. The papers discuss the political and economic dimensions of regional cooperation and integration, and the monitoring of SADC. The papers in this volu...

Signing of the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement

"This BIDPA Brief will consider primarily the commercial considerations in the signing of the IEPA on the 4th June 2009 in Brussels, but these inevitably overlap with Botswana’s sovereign political interests. While the Brief considers the position...

A National Trade Policy for Botswana: Zero Draft and Consultations

"Trade policy plays a key role in the flow of goods and services both within and between countries. The former is called domestic trade while the latter is called international trade. The focus of this study will be on international trade. Countri...

Botswana Beef Exports and Trade Policy

"The Botswana beef export industry is in crisis. The recent financial difficulties of the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) have been exacerbated by temporary factors – notably the recent drought and the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) resu...

The Impact of Trading With China on Botswana's Economy

"The objective of this paper is to examine the impact of trading with China on Botswana’s domestic and third markets. The paper also assesses the structure and magnitude of Botswana-China bilateral trade. Botswana’s trade balance with China has be...

SACU Revenue Sharing Formula: Towards a developmental agreement

"The South African Customs Union (SACU) Revenue Sharing Formula (RSF) has been revised substantively twice; once in 1969 and in 1994-2002 since the creation of the customs union in 1910 and each time the changes in the treaty were a reflection ...

BIDPA Briefing December 2001

"The fourth World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference was held in Doha on the 9-14 November 2001 to discuss a number of key trade issues. The meeting marked a major turning point for the world trading system, after the collapse of the ...

BIDPA Briefing The New Policy on Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises

"Overall the new SMME policy is a mixed bag, with some good elements that should have a positive impact on the sector, but with some missed opportunities to make that impact even greater. One characteristic of the Task Force recommendations that ...

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