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Silk, Cinnamon and Cotton: Emerging Power Strategies for the Indian Ocean and the Implications for Africa

"The Indian Ocean, once a centre of gravity for the trading nations of Asia, the Gulf and coastal Africa, is on the cusp of a revival of its substantial commercial status and geo-strategic prospects. This is manifested in a number of ways. First,…

From the Cape to Cairo? The Potential of the Tripartite Free Trade Area

"This paper shows that there is a sound case for regional economic integration in the form of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA). The three main countries involved in this project – Egypt, Kenya and South Africa – have a considerable regional tr…

Case Studies in Base Metal Processing and Beneficiation: Lessons from East Asia and SADC Region

"This research report first considers the industrial policy debate on beneficiation and its context within the broader policy debate on the appropriate role of industrial policy. Over the past decade, beneficiation as a policy has generally been sup…

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 see …

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’ interes…

The Way Forward for the WTO: Reforming the Decision-Making Process

" The World Trade Organization is in a state of flux. This stems largely from the Doha Round impasse and the failure of the main protagonists to reach agreement. However, it is also the effect of a changing global political economy. With the rise of…

The Timber Trade in Africa's Great Lakes: Implications for Uganda and the Region

"Most of the timber traded in Africa’s Great Lakes originates in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and either ends up in Uganda or transits through Uganda to the region. This trade is set to expand, largely driven by a growing regional and i…

Timber Trade in Africa's Great Lakes: The Road from Beni, DRC to Kampala, Uganda

"The report provides a political economy analysis of the trade in tropical timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to and through Uganda via the Northern Transit Corridor. The study focuses on international, regional and local demand-sid…

eAfrica: The Electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 2

This edition of eAfrica begins with an article on the influence of governance on sovereignty. The article entitled: The emboldened triangle covers the aspirations of India, Brazil and South Africa to converge in a Southern pact to rival Northern dom…

Lessons from Taiwan: Skills Development, Trade and SMEs

"In the paper Role of Education in Taiwan's Economic Development: Lessons for South Africa a brief account of Taiwan's education systems under the Japanese occupation, and in the period between 1945-2000 is given. Educational reforms are described, …

The European Union and South Africa: Reaching Agreement?

"South Africa's ongoing negotiations with the European Union (EU) for a Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement have evoked immense interest, not only in Europe and Southern Africa, but also further afield, and at a level unprecedented for any…

AGOA, Africa and Agriculture: South Africa's Experience

"It is generally agreed that African exports of agricultural goods are well below potential and that the continent would gain significantly from the liberalisation of world agricultural markets. This paper aims to uncover some of the truths and untr…

South-South Economic Co-operation: The India-Brazil-South Africa Case

"This report is aimed at identifying barriers to trade and investment flows among India, Brazil, and SA - the IBSA countries - and finding ways in which these can be reduced or eliminated This report comprises six sections. Section 1 creates a conte…

Malawi and the Regional Overlap Problem: Trade Policy Options

'In 2008 COMESA is supposed to graduate from being a free trade area to being a customs union. Whether this will be possible, is doubtful. One of the problems that could impede the formation of the customs union is the fact that some members of COME…

RECs in Eastern and Southern Africa: Attractive Aspects for Zimbabwe

'There are four Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Eastern and Southern Africa - the East African Economic Community (EAC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the So…

The Economic Gateway to Africa? Geography, Strategy and South Africa's Regional Economic Relations

"The paper argues that South Africa’s role as an economic gateway primarily depends upon geography, ie upon naturally given and man-made structures in geographical space. Based upon these structures, politicians and businessmen have to pursue the ri…

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 position…

Russia-South Africa Relations: Collaboration in BRICS and the G-20

"The paper investigates the features of Russia–South Africa relations in light of their membership in BRICS and the G-20. Collaboration with South Africa contributes to the creation of the multipolar world order and strengthens Russia’s position in …

BRICS Summit 2013: Strategies for South Africa's Engagement

"As host of the fifth BRICS Summit in 2013, South Africa’s summit theme resonates with African development priorities. The theme, ‘BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialisation’, corresponds with South Africa’s…

BRICS FDI: A Preliminary view

"Trade among the BRICS countries has shown progressive growth over the past decade. Although foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in all of the countries have increased, intra-BRICS flows do not correlate with trade figures. Overall, there is less …

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