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Trade in Financial Services in Southern Africa: What Room for Negotiators Post-2008 Financial Crisis?

"This study assesses the impact of the financial crisis and G20 discussions on regulatory reform and trade in financial services in the SADC region, with a specific focus on its effect on corporate, trade and project financing from the standpoint ...

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 ...

International Trade and Emerging Markets Since the Crisis

"This paper attempts to make sense of the post-crisis state of play in international trade, by taking a forward look at emerging markets and global trade policy. After describing the political and economic context for international trade up to 200...

Zimbabwe at a crossroads

Zimbabwe is on a steady political and economic decline. The country’s democratic process has continually suffered as opposition members are silenced. The economic situation in Zimbabwe has demonstrated a similar pattern of decline as 60% of the po...

Angola and Ukraine: Unlikely bedfellows

This update discusses the relationship between Angola and the Ukraine. The Ukraine has been supplying both UNITA and the Government of Angola with weapons. This supply of arms might tip the strategic balance in Luanda in favour of those who prefe...

Botswana Beef Exports and Trade Policy

"The Botswana beef export industry is in crisis. The recent financial difficulties of the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) have been exacerbated by temporary factors – notably the recent drought and the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) resu...

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 7 No 1

In this bulletin the following articles features: 1)A Glimpse at Preparations for Copenhagen and its Accord 2) South-South Co-operation or Sub-Imperialism? South African “Quiet Diplomacy”, SADC Docility, and the Underdevelopment of Zimbabwe. This ...

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...

Trade, Industrial Policy and Exchange Rates in South Africa

"South Africa’s trade, industrial and exchange rate policies have been the subject of substantial public debate in recent months, not least owing to the impact of the 2008–10 global financial crisis. On the trade and industrial policy fronts a sub...

Supply Response in the Context of Structural Adjustment in Sub Saharan Africa

"This document specifically identified the world recession, falling real commodity prices, declining export volume and terms of trade, rising interest rates and debt burden, as well as drought as the major factors responsible for Africa's economic...

The Effects of the Global Financial Crisis on Exports in Least Developed Countries

"This study tries to shed some light on the actual and possible effects of the GFC on trade in LDCs, specifically focusing on the 32 states that make up the World Trade Organization’s LDC Group. The analysis is particularly important for sub-Sahar...

The Global Economic and Financial Crisis: An Overview of the Effects on African Countries

"In the wake of the current global financial crisis, experts and analysts agreed that the initial effects on African financial sectors will be minimal because of the limited exposure to the international financial markets. However, African countri...

The Global Financial Crisis and African Economies: Impact and Transmission Channels

"This paper is intended to highlight the general impact of the crisis on African countries in terms of economic performance and then show some variations across countries by discussing how the different transmission channels operated in them, and ...

The Global Financial Crisis: Implications for Africa

"This eleventh seminar was notable for looking in detail at the impact of the financial crisis on growth and the real sectors, the financial systems of Africa, macroeconomic policies, and trade policy options. It also combined Africa-focussed with...

The Impact of Foreign Aid on Public Expenditure: The Case of Kenya

"This paper focuses on the case of Kenya, a country that has experienced two major donor-aid freezes. The paper uses both aggregated and disaggregated data to develop the linkage between foreign aid and government expenditure and to estimate the...

Transmission Channels and Impact of Global Financial Crisis on Sub-Saharan Africa Economies

"Since the onset of financial crisis, different thoughts have been investigated to address the issues of crisis on African economies. This study reviews transmission channels through which the effects of crisis has spread over Sub-Saharan Africa e...

The Triple Crisis and the Global Aid Architecture

"The global economy is passing through a period of profound change. The immediate concern is with the financial crisis, originating in the North. The South is affected via lower commodity prices, reduced private financial flows, and falling remitt...

Impact of China - Africa Investment Relations: The Case of Zambia

"Chinese investments in Zambia are primarily resource seeking and have been concentrated in the mining sector. There are investments in construction, trading manufacturing sectors too. The growth of these investments has been steady over the year ...

Impacts of Investment Relations between China and Madagascar

"This study aims at conducting a comprehensive analysis of the main systems and models of the past, present and future development of economic partnerships, based on foreign direct investments, between China and Sub-Saharan African Countries, with...

South Africa’s Investment Landscape: Mapping Economic Incentives

"This paper considers the effects of the global economic crisis on the South African government’s recent economic policy developments, especially those aimed at job creation. The first section of the paper presents a short review of South Africa’...

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