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Negotiating trade agreements with India: The reality below the water line

This trade policy brief discusses India’s attitude towards international trade, her seeming inability to view trade as driving economic development, and her apparent aim to reduce trade commitments. Reasons for this are that trade agreements are n...

Key to Growth Supporting South Africa's Emerging Entrepreneurs

"This report reviews recent South African and international research on entrepreneurship. The research confirms that entrepreneurship plays a key role in economic development. In line with this, many government planners, journalists, academics, ci...

Trade Policy, Protectionism and the Global Economic Crisis

"This discussion has been among a group of like-minded people who generally see the benefits of free trade. But that view is not necessarily widely held in the broader society, where protectionism attracts a lot of support. That’s why we need to ...

To Liberalise or not to liberalise? A review of the South African Government's trade policy

"Trade policy is a central feature of the South African government's economic policy. In the early years of the transition to democratic rule it was widely debated. This debate receded recently, but is returning to centre stage as government's tra...

Identifying export opportunities for SACU in the US Market

"Negotiations between SACU and the US, to conclude a free trade agreement, have been stalled owing to substantive differences between the two sides on a broad range of issues. This report examines the goods market access dimension from the stan...

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 betw...

The SA-EU TDCA: a business perspective

"The most dramatic manifestation of South Africa's commitment to establish economic and political credibility in the global economic arena is the recently signed Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement (TDCA) between the 15 member states o...

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 M...

Personalities and pressures shaping SA's EU negotiations

"The next round of the SA-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) talks will be held from 16 - 18 September in Brussels. This will be the twentieth round of talks in these protracted negotiations. Some analysts feel that unless agreement is reached by mid...

South Africa in the global economy

"This book examines South Africa's international economic relations. The impact of the Republic's domestic needs, its role as an African power and the evolving nature of the global economic system are all considered as the country strives to provi...

SACU and India: Towards a PTA

"The governments of the Southern African Customs Union member states and India have proclaimed a mutual interest to conclude a preferential trade agreement before the end of 2006. The mooted PTA is aimed at cementing and expanding the burgeoning t...

Algeria's Economy: The Vicious Circle of Oil and Violence

The crisis in Algeria, now a decade old, is not merely a consequence of the interruption of the December 1991 elections by an army-backed coup to keep the Front Islamique du Salut (FIS: Islamic Salvation Front) from power. It is also an economic c...

Chinese Investment in African Free Trade Zones: Lessons from Nigeria’s Experience

Nigeria’s free trade zone (FTZ) legislation has been in place for 17 years, but progress in implementation has been uneven and slow. The main FTZ in which Chinese companies play a significant role is the Lekki Free Trade Zone, where work began in ...

The European Union-South African FTA: Why is there still no agreement?

This document describes negotiation between the European Union and South Africa about a possible Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which has been without significant progress. The EU has a long-standing relationship with developing countries.Unlike c...

Driving SACU-Mercosur: Trans-atlantic co-operation in the automotive industry

This document starts by identifying sectors that can drive the SACU-Mercosur trade agreement. The current free trade agreement (FTA) proposals between the South African Customs Union (SACU) and Common Market of the South (Mercosur) are the result ...

EU-SA FTA: The possible effects on Southern African Agriculture

"In a World that seems to be moving steadily towards the dismantling of tariffs and towards trade relations as envisaged by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), tariff rationalisations are still not universally accepted as the only way to economic...

Norms, Networks, Power and Control: Understanding Informal Payments and Brokerage in Cross-border Trade in Sierra Leone

Governance practices in peripheral regions of low-income countries often diverge dramatically from statutory rules, with actual governance often representing a hybrid of formal rules and informal practices that are often highly normalized and wide...

Will the African Free Trade Agreement Succeed?

The recently signed African Continental Free Trade Agreement represents a counter current to protectionist tendencies across the Atlantic and the Pacific, and may well move the economic integration of the African continent forward. Translating the...

Peace and Security Council Report: Issue 104

This issue explores Africa’s new free trade area and violence in Cameroon. The 31st African Union (AU) summit in Nouakchott for the first time saw a vigorous interrogation of the organisation’s proposed budget. Issues of corruption and mismanage...

Can the African Continental Free Trade Area Offer a New Beginning for Trade in Africa?

On 21 March 2018, AU leaders met in Rwanda to finalise the signing of a new trade agreement creating the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The inauguration of the AfCFTA reflects a milestone for future continental unity, regional integ...

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