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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…

International relations in Southern Africa

"The aim of this Symposium on International Relations in Southern Africa was to place in perspective South Africa's relations with those states which can be included within the general geographical area of Southern Africa. The first paper deals wit…

Looking beyond the Doha Round: Reforming the WTO Negotiating Process

Confidence in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as the main forum for negotiating the reduction of trade barriers and the creation of favourable conditions for international trade seems to have reached its lowest ebb.

The position of South Africa in the Commonwealth

The precarious position of South Africa in the Commonwealth must be regarded in conjunction with the political situation in South Africa as well as the history that played a role in the development of the political situation. The Commonwealth was an…

The United States and Africa: Policy statement of secretary of State William Rogers

At the end of March, 1970, Secretary of State William Rogers issued a policy statement on Africa, which is reproduced in full in this paper. In his address Mr. Rogers explained what America is expecting from a relationship with Africa but this will…

The role of multinational corporations in South Africa

"An assessment of the Republic's economic relations with the West has to take cognizance of the major role played by Western MNC's in the South African economy. There are also various other reasons for focusing on MNC's. First, due to the scale of…

China's Lusophone connection

"In October 2003, unnoticed by the rest of the world, Macau hosted the first ministerial meeting of the Forum for Trade and Economic Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (hereafter referred to as the Macau Forum), bringing tog…

South African policy towards Basutoland

Basutoland is completely surrounded by South Africa but essentially African territory with practically no European community. The basis of the economy is stock rearing, peasant agriculture and the main income comes from workers residing in South Afr…

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 scholar literature. What has not been well understood is the role of Chinese financial institutions in support of the countr…

Doing business in Latin America

Economic growth in Latin America has been cyclical. Unsustainable growth rates have earned the region a reputation of being an unstable long-term investment destination. Despite this, enormous business potential exists in Latin America. There are a …

Interdependence - Southern Africa

Interdependence includes the virtues of dependence that something can be obtained from others without the negative impact of relying on others and the virtues of independence in the sense that one can feel free but admitting that there are advantage…

Towards China Inc? Assessing the implications for Africa

"The combined economies of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong amount to US$1.437 trillion making ‘Greater China’ the fourth largest economy in the world. Driven by exports China’s GDP growth averaged 9.7% in the two decades to 2000. Average GDP growth was …

East Africa's hub: The experience of doing business in Kenya

"The overall objective of the study was to locate some of the challenges and opportunities related to doing business in Kenya for South African companies, to identify some of the mistakes made and to convey the key lessons these firms have learnt.…

Francophone Africa's jewel: The experience of doing business in Senegal

"Senegal has a well established democracy, and is one of the most, if not the most stable country in the politically insecure francophone West African region. The country is also recognised as having the best macroeconomic profile of the WAEMU membe…

A nation in turmoil the experience of South African firms doing business in Zimbabwe

"The purpose of the study is to identify some of the pitfalls of doing business in Zimbabwe, a country that has increasingly become out of kilter with both the global environment and even the regional political and economic contexts. It has, in man…

Timbuktu's golden legacy: The experience of South African Firms doing business in Mali

"This report is based on a series of interviews that were conducted in Mali in May 2005 with resident South African companies to research their experience of the Malian business environment. The study found that South African companies are mainly i…

Africa's first welfare state: The experience of South African firms doing business in Botswana

"Botswana has traditionally been a strong economic partner of South Africa. The foundation for this relationship dates back to the establishment of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) in 1910. As former British colonies, both South Africa and …

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