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South Africa and the European Union: Between Lome and bilateralism

This paper focuses on the agreement and development of relations between South Africa and the European Union. The EU has offered a multi-level trade and development package to South Africa to reinforce trade ties. The options for trade partners i...

Identifying export opportunities for SACU in the US Market

"Negotiations between SACU and the US, to conclude a free trade agreement, have been stalled owing to substantive differences between the two sides on a broad range of issues. This report examines the goods market access dimension from the stan...

Chinese Economic and Trade Co-operation Zones in Africa : The Case of Mauritius

"The project seeks to develop an understanding of the motives, rationale and institutional structures guiding China’s Africa policy, and to study China’s growing power and influence so that they will help rather than hinder development in Africa. ...

Evolving India – Africa Relations: Continuity and Change

"India’s relations with African countries are time-tested and historical;nevertheless, in recent years the affiliation has been revitalised. Both continuity and change feature in India’s evolving relations with Africa. India’s engagement with Afri...

Botswana after Sir Seretse Khama

Since Botswana became independent 1966, it enjoyed political stability and adhered to its democratic constitution. No matter who succeeds Sir Seretse, a smooth transition is expected and the new president will probably continue his policies. Du...

SADC Barometer Issue 3

"This issue of the SADC Barometer examines the obstacles preventing the region from utilising effectively the infrastructure it has and building what it needs. The main article in this issue warns that SADC lacks a comprehensive plan for filli...

WTO: The reawakening of protectionism

This intelligence update describes the growing protectionist stance of the European Union in its trade relations with other states. This harms not only the economic recovery prospects of developing nations, but also the credibility and integrity o...

SADC Barometer Issue 2

Debates about development in the regional context invariably contain specific or implicit references to increased trade. Within the context of Nepad, the argument is also for more trade, rather than aid. So what have the countries of Southern...

How long can Zaire survive?

This brief report deals with three topics: President Mobuto’s attempts to rescue Zaire’s troubled economy in order to receive further Western aid; the failure of communism in the People’s Republic of the Congo, which is turning to the capitalist w...

Subsidies as an Instrument of Industrial Policy: Are they WTO Compliant?

"The economic recession revealed a global trend towards trade protectionism, replicating the fortification of domestic labour and commercial interests that occurred during previous periods of recession. Although countries employ a wide range of ...

Southern and Eastern Africa, the Doha agenda & aid for trade

"The focus on development in the current round of World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations has placed the issue of trade-related capacity building and technical assistance at the forefront of discussions under the Doha Agenda. This report is ...

The political economy of trade liberalisation: What lessons for reforms today?

"This paper provides an overview of trade policy reforms in developing countries, especially the acceleration of trade and foreign investment liberalisation since the early 1980s. Its accent is on political economy, drawing on country examples an...

A Review of Methodological Approaches used to Analyse the Impact of Trade Liberalisation on Growth and Poverty in South Africa

"A critical review of the methodological approaches used to explore the impact of trade liberalisation in South Africa on growth and poverty in particular is preceded by a re-examination of key features of the theoretical debate on trade liberalis...

Trade in services from controlling to managing the movement of persons in SADC

"Services cover a wide variety of economic and social activities. They embrace communications,transport, finance, energy distribution, construction and business services (intermediate services), as well as final-demand services such as tourism, ...

Cumulative Costs of Trade Protection in the South African Economy

"Trade protection appears to be a politically attractive policy tool because of a certain degree of asymmetric information in society: most voters appreciate the immediate gains for the protected industries and underestimate the costs for the econ...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 36

This Southern Africa Record contains the following texts: South Africa and Swaziland: agreements and discussions on security matters and trade; South Africa and Angola and Namibia: Letters to the UN Security council from South Africa and Angola wi...

SAIIA Newsletter No. 3, 1969

The newsletter contains four articles by different authors.The first two articles have as its focus the Suez Canal. In the first article the implications of the closing of the Suez Canal is the focus. The closing will not only have an effect on th...

South Africa and Australia: Competition or co-operation?

This international update examines and corrects inaccurate underlying assumptions which cloud the relationship between South Africa and Australia. These are that Australia and South Africa are competitors with similar economies, that competition i...

Brazil-SA: (Not) Doing business across the Atlantic

"Disappointingly little business is being conducted between Brazil and South Africa, arguably the most important economic powers in their respective regions. The reasons for this are varied, but have mostly to do with a lack of informed awarenes...

The SA-EU TDCA: a business perspective

"The most dramatic manifestation of South Africa's commitment to establish economic and political credibility in the global economic arena is the recently signed Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement (TDCA) between the 15 member states o...

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