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Reflections on approaching an FTA negotiation with Mercosur: A review of key issues

"The report starts by briefly reviewing the way in which economists generally approach assessment of regional trade agreements, and South-South trade agreements in particular. The 'Review on Trade Flows' then examines the overall trade flows betwee…

Developing country coalitions in multilateral trade negotiations: Aligning the majors?

"This paper focuses on coalition building by developing countries, which is a key indicator of their overall capacity and effectiveness in the WTO. The issue is examined in the context of national trade policies and trade negotiations on other tra…

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 12, no. 1, 1988

This International Affairs Bulletin contains three articles: The article by Hennie Kotzé, Pierre du Toit and Jan Gagiano describes options for the US concerning sanctions and South Africa. It address the argument that sanctions will promote a democ…

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 awareness …

SA & Brazil: Towards an FTA

The visit from the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs had as its purpose to discuss the establishing of a free trade agreement between South Africa and Brazil. Both Brazil and SA were disillusioned at the inconclusive World Trade Organisation Mil…

Towards an Understanding of the Variables that affect Implementation of Mitigation Actions

"One key focus of current climate discourse is the need to raise the level of ambition of collective emission reductions in order to protect the climate (UNEP, 2012). Any emission reductions outlined, however, remain hollow gestures unless translate…

The Green Economy in the G-20, Post-Mexico: Implications for Brazil

"The preparations for the 2012 G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, coincided with negotiations around the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20), co-ordinated by Brazil. This coincidence led to a conflict between…

Brazil's Maritime Strategy in the South Atlantic: The Nexus Between Security and Resources

"The recent discovery of significant deposits of oil and gas in the pre-salt layers off the Brazilian coast has triggered new interests and concerns within the South Atlantic geopolitical space. The prospect of tapping into those maritime resources …

Brazil's South-South Co-operation Strategies: From Foreign Policy to Public Policy

"This paper analyses the role of institutional and non-institutional actors in current Brazilian foreign policy agendas, particularly in the field of South–South co-operation. The plurality of actors and agendas results in an increasingly complex de…

The Promise of Small and Medium Enterprises

"This book on the promise of SMEs in the NSIs of BRICS represents a significant contribution in three main dimensions. First, it provides an overview of the role of small firms in the Brazilian, Russian, Indian, Chinese, and South African (BRICS) N…

Transnational Corporations and Local Innovation

"This is a timely book on an important subject, namely, the effects of foreign direct investment (FDI) and the operations of transnational corporations (TNCs) on the innovation systems of host countries, in the case of this book, the BRICS countrie…

BRICS, Mega-regional FTAs and South Africa's Trade Strategy

"Global trade strategy does not appear to be a major focus of the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) grouping, apart from the priority given to completing the stalled World Trade Organization Doha Development Round of negotiations. …

Other Facets no 21

In ‘Brazilian Diamond Exports Resumed: Fraud wider than originally believed, ’ the challenge for Brazil will be to enforce new regulations, which are largely computer based, in a system where huge volumes of diamonds are mined by diggers with no leg…

Other Facets no 20

In ‘Massive Brazilian Diamond Fraud,’ Brazil is one of the oldest diamond producing countries in the world, but nobody can say where half of the diamonds it exports have been mined, and government certificates accompanying fully one quarter of Brazi…

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 …

Feito no Brasil? Made in South Africa? Boosting Technological Development through Local Content Requirements in the Wind Energy Industry

"How can local content requirements (LCR) boost technological capability for renewable energy? This question calls increasing attention among researchers, firms and decision-makers. This paper investigates the implementation of LCR in the wind energ…

The Democratic Alternative from the South - India, Brazil, and South Africa

"In order to understand the new phenomenon of rapidly developing democracies, this project set out to examine the relationship, between political democracy, on the one hand, and inclusive economic growth on the other, in much greater detail than is …

Reducing Inequality and Poverty while Mitigating Climate Change Key Challenges for Research and Practice in Middle Income Countries in Africa and Latin America

"What is the relationship between emissions, inequality and poverty? Growing wealth supposedly correlates with increasing emissions. Rich countries are historically high in per capita emissions, whereas poor countries have low per capita emissio…

The Challenges of Linking Sectoral and Economy Wide Models

"The purpose of this brief is to highlight some of the issues arising in linking models for use in policy analysis and to share some of the approaches that have been explored by researchers in MAPS to address these challenges. It aims to provide oth…

The Aftermath of the BRICS Fifth Summit: The Contradictions of International Political Economy

"This brief seeks to analyse whether the new global actor consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), as an emerging political and institutional force of the South, can contend economically with the hegemony of the West. Can…

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