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China in Kenya: Addressing Counterfeit Goods and Construction Sector Imbalances

"China has become a key player in trade, investment and development co-operation in Kenya. Although mainly in the construction and manufacturing sectors, Chinese investments in Kenya have attracted praise and condemnation in equal proportion from...

Goodwill and Hard Bargains: The DRC, China and India

"The economic and political engagement of China and India with the African continent is growing, but the complex dynamics of this engagement, particularly at country-specific level, remain under-researched. This study explores historical, politi...

The European Union After Enlargement

This briefing discusses the challenges of the European Union enlargement. In turn, this increase in membership caused challenges. The EU is not only larger; it is more cumbersome, more diverse and more expensive. How the EU adapts to these challen...

What future for the WTO in a changing International order?

In and around the World Trade Organization (WTO), a pea-soup fog of details and techniques obscures a wider view, a strategic sense of how the international trading system is poised and where it is heading. The cross-border integration of markets ...

Leveraging Services: Trade Liberalisation for Enhanced Food Security in SADC

"The global food crisis of 2008 threw into sharp relief the problem of food security in many developing countries. In the case of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the food crisis served to highlight the decline in agricultural p...

More than Just Numbers: The Implications of EU Enlargement from 15-25 for South Africa's Trade Strategy

This briefing offers insight into the strategic implications of European Union enlargement for South Africa’s trade strategy. This briefing focuses on the dynamics most likely to impact on EU trade strategy particularly in the sphere of agricultur...

Fascilitating Trade in a Security Conscious World

"This briefing explores how the new security measures adopted by Africa’s key trading partners after the September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States could adversely affect our export competitiveness and economic growth. More importantly,...

The Comparative Importance to British Businessmen of Trade with South Africa and Trade with the Rest of Africa

This briefing has as its focus the British trade with South Africa and Africa. British companies are being pushed into choices and the choice posed has to be viewed in the context of sanctions against South Africa. Britain is a trading nation beca...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 46

The first document represents an initial attempt by the SADCC Industry and Trade sector to compile and up–date investment policies and mechanisms of SADCC member states. The second article cover the Preferential Trade Agreement for the purpose of ...

North-South: Issues : the Cancun Summit and other 1981 Negotiations

“The troublesome question of North –South negotiations has been the focus for much attention and speculation in the recent past. Much of this was the direct result of the meeting between representatives of the developed (North) and the developing ...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 4, no. 1, 1980

The Smuts House Notes aim to provide a regular forum for brief expressions of opinion on topical aspects of contemporary international life. This is followed by articles of a symposium considering three views on the relations between the Republic...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 4, no. 2, 1980

This issue starts off with Smuts House Notes, then looks at a symposium on South Africa’s Trade Relations with the purpose to highlight the economic interdependence between the Republic and other countries. The Implications for the South African ...

Working for Development in Southern Africa: Bridging the Gap Between Government and Business

"The paper reflects on the difficult relationship between the South African government and business since 1994 – partly a function of the domestic legacy of apartheid but also attributed to ideological differences between the two. Renewed energy o...

Developing a Comprehensive IBSA strategy: On WTO Agriculture Negotiations

"This report outlines SA's position on negotiations on agricultural trade at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Part 1 of this report provides some background on the negotiations on agricultural trade at the WTO. Part 2 assesses SA policy-making...

The Tripartite FTA and the Services Sector

"The 26 member states of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) plan to begin negotiations soon on the creation of a single ‘Tripartite’ f...

When is Foreign Direct Investment Beneficial to a Country and when is it not? The Case of South Africa

"Although South African policymakers have introduced policies to encourage foreign direct investment (FDI), so far the results have not met expectations, particularly in relation to greenfield investment. Instances in which the country has manage...

Hong Kong - South Africa's Gateway to China

"South Africa has responded to the rise of East Asia by building new commercial links with the region, especially with China. South Africa has sought to build a strategic partnership with the Asian giant in the hope of securing a key political all...

Foreign Investment Attraction: Some Salient Challenges for Zambia

“Since the new government in Zambia took office, serious efforts have been made to translate into reality the need to improve the country’s attraction for foreign investors, in general, and to those based in the region. So far, some initiatives ha...

The United States and South Africa In An Interdependent World: A Partnership of Mutual Benefit

This update is about the present state of relations between the United States and South Africa. It is a relationship that has from the beginning taken on two tracks, government-to-government and people-to-people. The US-South Africa Binational Com...

Corporate Options in South Africa

This discussion is done against a backdrop of the campaign against multi-national corporations which is being waged in the world. It discusses the options that corporations have in relation to their objective situation and to this campaign.

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