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Risks to Global Trade and Implications for South Africa’s Economy and Policy

"The past two decades have witnessed an unprecedented globalisation of trade in goods and services. This process has been driven, inter alia, by technology, ideology and the availability of relatively cheap energy. By extrapolating this trend, o...

What are the Potential Benefits and Pitfalls of a Free Trade Area in the Southern African Region

"Integration can take many forms and as such, the question necessarily arises; is a free trade area the ideal mechanism for the Southern African region? Even if it is the ideal mechanism in a theoretical sense, is the Southern African Developmen...

Is Macroeconomic Policy Convergence Necessary for a Sustainable SADC Free Trade Area?

"The aim of this paper is to determine if macroeconomic policy convergence among member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is required for establishing and sustaining a free trade area (FTA). The paper also investigat...

Foreign Investment in the SADC

"This paper explores some of the key issues related to FDI in Southern Africa. It takes a look at comparative patterns and trends of investment flows in developing regions (including the SADC). In addition, an account of the institutional and regu...

The Southern African Regional Clothing and Textile Industry: Case Studies of Malawi, Mauritius and Zimbabwe

"In the regional context, the SADC Trade and Investment Protocol - that is intended to further liberalise intra-regional trade in Southern Africa - has set in motion a wave of new opportunities and threats for clothing and textile firms in the reg...

Eco Labelling : Overview and Implications for Developing Countries

"This policy brief aims to provide a brief introduction to eco-labelling and some of the implications that the presence of eco-labels may have on developing countries. Eco-labelling by implication links environmental with trade and market access ...

Trade Patterns in the SADC Region: Key Issues for the FTA

"This policy brief examines trade patterns in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) over the period 1980 to 1997. Perhaps the most notable conclusion about trade trends in the region is the rather disturbing lack of trend. Trade patte...

What are the Critical Issues Arising from the SADC Trade Integration Process?

"There is a need for convergent bilateral and multilateral trading arrangements in SADC so as to avoid trade deflection and diversion as well as to ensure ease of administration. There is also a need to arrive at an appropriate institutional fram...

Textiles and Clothing in SADC: Key Issues and Policy Perspectives

"Industrial sectors across the SADC region differ from one another in terms of size, structure and competitiveness. The shifting of market boundaries and the improvement of market access is going to have a significant impact on the size, structur...

Can Africa Compete with China in Manufacturing? The Role of Relative Unit Labor Costs

This paper examined the bilateral trade and cost competitiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) with China. Patterns are reviewed of bilateral trade between SSA and China, showing an extraordinary imbalance in the structure of trade, in that China ov...

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