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Into Africa: Make Way for A Forceful Lady

British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher will undertake a tour of Four African states, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Botswana. Her tour is significant for the following reasons, it follows in the wake of important diplomatic movement, it build...

Alternatives to Investor-State Dispute Settlement: An African Perspective

The investor–state dispute settlement system (ISDS) has served as an alternative to domestic legal processes in the post-colonial era, particularly in less developed countries. Although the countries whose legal processes ISDS has supplanted have...

Trade, Inclusiveness, Inequality and the WTO: A South African Perspective on a Complex Debate

Economic globalisation is coming under increasing scrutiny in many parts of the world. In particular, its trade aspect is increasingly, and critically, being questioned, by populist politicians in the West and developing worlds alike. In the proc...

South African Trade Policy and the Future Global Trading Environment

"This paper puts forward a strategic view of what South African trade policy should be doing in relation to the future global trading environment. The future is uncertain, but if the past is prologue, South African trade policy needs to be positi...

Modi's New Foreign Policy Agenda and the Implications for Africa

"The third India–Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) took place in New Delhi in October 2015, just over a year after Narendra Modi became prime minister. Situating India–Africa ties within the context of India’s evolving geopolitical calculations, which se...

G-20 Development Agenda and African Priorities: An Update

"The G-20 has come to be seen as one of the world’s most important gatherings for the discussion of a range of issues broadly related to global economic governance. While the G-20 is significantly more representative of developing countries’ inter...

Africa's Challenges in International Trade and Regional Integration: What Role for Europe?

"The challenges that Africa faces in trade and regional integration are legion, and well documented. In this brief we attempt to summarise them against the backdrop of Africa’s broad development priorities. We then explore the ‘demand’ and ‘supply...

The Quest for Affordable Food: Prospects in the Doha Round for Net Food-importing Developing Countries

"In the past few years, a sharp rise in the price of food commodities has caused a critical global food crisis, increasing the food bill of consumers in a way that deeply affects the food security of low-income societies, whose members spend more ...

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 ...

Aid to Africa: What can the EU and China Learn from Each Other?

"With China’s increasing role in Africa, the issue of aid to Africa has been high on the China–EU agenda and the subject of considerable debate. This occasional paper focuses on one area of potential co-operation, i.e. China’s and the EU’s aid po...

From Isolation to Integration? A Study of Chinese Retailers in Dakar

"Starting from the late 1990s, more and more Chinese have migrated to Senegal, concentrating and opening small shops along the Boulevard Général de Gaulle, one of the major roads in Dakar. Le Centenaire, the wider area around this major road, is ...

Whither the Multilateral Trading System? Implications for (South) Africa

"So far the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has acted as a constraint on the worst protectionist pressures building in the global trading system following the 2008–10 global financial crisis, which is a testament to the system’s constraining power...

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 hemis...

Madagascar avoidable disaster, test case for African diplomacy

"The battle for control of Madagascar underscored the devastating, long-lasting effect that political instability has on economic development. It not only reversed a promising economic turnaround, but, did grave damage to Madagascar's (previously...

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 b...

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 learn...

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 m...

Meeting the Sphinx: The experience of South African firms doing business in Egypt

"This report is based on a series of interviews conducted in Egypt during May and June 2005 to elicit and analyse information on South African-based companies and subsidiaries operating in Egypt.The survey covered a wide range of South African bu...

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...

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 an...

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