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Banking on Africa: Chinese Financial Institutions and Africa

The Chinese drive into the resource sector in Africa has already received much attention in the media and, increasingly, in scholarly literature. What has not been well understood is the role of Chinese financial institutions in support of the count…

Elephants, Ants and Superpowers: Nigeria’s Relations with China

"This paper considers economic and political relations between China and Nigeria.The paper first sketches the post-independence history of their bilateral relations, charting a progression from indifference and even hostility in the early years, to …

Economic Partnership Agreements and Intellectual Property Rights Protection: Challenges for the Southern African Development Community Region

"The signing of the comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) by the European Community (EC) and Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries covering a wide range of issues, including intellectual property (IP) provisions, has the potential to …

Chinese Development Co-operation in Africa: The Case of Tembisa's Friendship Town

"Chinese development co-operation in Africa has invoked both admiration and criticism, much of it based on limited empirical or anecdotal evidence, contributing to conflicting perceptions as to its purpose, means and outcomes. Unpacking the policie…

The Oil Factor in Sino–Angolan Relations at the Start of the 21st Century

"Even though trade figures are the most impressive feature of Sino–Angolan bilateral relations after 2002, the main reason why China’s engagement in Angola has been attracting so much attention from scholars, the media and politicians is the fact th…

SACU - One Hundred Not Out: What future for the Customs Union?

This paper is based on research conducted recently in South Africa (SA), Namibia, Angola and Botswana. Policy and decision makers were asked to complete a questionnaire about the future of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). Although the resp…

Transport Services in SACU: Accelerating Harmonisation and Liberalisation

"Services are without doubt a key driver of economic growth and fundamentally influence (or determine) the trade capacity of countries. Like many other World Trade Organisation (WTO) member states, Southern African Customs Union (SACU) countries rec…

The Myth and Reality of Chinese Investors: A Case Study of Chinese Investment in Zambia's Copper Industry

"In any attempt to analyse the implications of Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) for African countries, Zambia is the example par excellence, its historical relationship with China and its ever-increasing economic ties with the emerging power …

Banking in Nigeria and Chinese Economic Diplomacy in Africa

"While Sino–Nigerian relations have grown significantly since the 1970s, several aspects of the relationship have been controversial and difficult. However, the special attraction the two countries hold for each other has made the relationship persi…

South & Southern Africa: lessons from emerging markets

"The rapidly evolving process of globalisation has posed a number of key economic challenges for South and Southern Africa. Globalisation has resulted in a rapid acceleration of economic activity across borders, where knowledge has become increas…

Revisiting South-South co-operation: an agenda for the 1990s

"The terms 'North' and 'South' have become part of political and economic discourse, at least since the 1970s. But the terminology may be as misleading as it is erroneous. Not only do all the states of the South not actually fall within that hemisph…

Ghana after Rawlings

"Ghana is today at an important international, regional and domestic crossroads. The outcome of its journey could affect wider perceptions of the continent generally, and South African business interests specifically. Domestically, Rawlings has b…

Sudan: Complexity, conflict and co-operation

"Sudan has been the site of ongoing civil war since the mid 1980s with devestating effects to its population, diplomatic relations and economic growth. This report examines the prospects for South African involvement in Sudan in light of ongoing eco…

A constructive approach to constructive engagement

"This paper discusses the constructive engagement policy of America towards South Africa during the Carter administration and beyond. The influence that this policy had on South Africa as well as the reaction of the South African Government on its o…

Zaire: Continuing world headache

This paper discusses the situation in Zaire, where economic and political disaster is evident. Zaire is bounded by nine African countries and richer in resources than any other country in Africa, but it is alos deeply in debt perhaps as a result of …

Transparency in Trade Policymaking: Lessons for South Africa from Australia’s Experiences

Trade policy reform in the form of trade liberalisation is a very important tool for raising living standards and improving a country’s economy. Such reform on its own, however, is likely to be rejected by the public and those sectors that would be …

The accord of Nkomati: Context and content

"The purpose of the present article is to focus on the Accord of Nkomati in the broader context of Southern African relations, to analyse its content and to compare it with the other non-aggression agreements concluded by South Africa. Part of th…

Thinking about South Africa from afar

This paper discusses the foreign policy of the United States towards South Africa and whether sanctions will be beneficial to change the apartheid policy in South Africa. Four scenarios to end apartheid is dicussed namely reformmongering, revolution…

The United States and South Africa: Three South African perspectives

This paper describes the experience of 3 people visiting the United States on a Leader Exchange program (USSALEP). The papers contain information on the international relations of US towards South Africa and how the American Government and businessm…

South Africa and the Commonwealth political, strategic, economic

This paper is divided into three sections. In the first part the political situation in South Africa is discussed and background is given on the political parties of the time. The relationship of South Africa with Britain is given attention as Brita…

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