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Botswana's Enabling Environment for Economic Diversification: Plugging the Holes

"Botswana’s enabling environment for investment was assessed in a Report prepared by BIDPA and World Bank entitled “Diversifying Botswana’s Exports: An Overview” (2005). This Policy Brief presents the main findings of that assessment. It focuses o...

Export Diversification: Is it Really Necessary for Botswana?

" The main objective of this policy brief is to explore the reasons why Botswana continues to pursue the export diversification strategy in spite of its limited success over the years. This policy brief will summarize the reasons advanced by the s...

BIDPA Newsletter December 2011

This newsletter contains the following topics; BIDPA Undertakes Policy Analysis Workshop for Non-State Actors focused on the following themes: Understanding the policy cycle; policy development and analysis; policy implementation, monitoring and...

Recent Developments in Zambia

The paper gives basic information on the political status, economy and origins of GDP for Zambia. The colonial era saw the development of mining and the primary sector into highly efficient units of production, whilst the subsistence agricultural ...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 25 and 26

This issue has extracts concerning Namibia, US and Soviet interests, concerning the loan of locomotives to Zimbabwe and concerning Southern Africa. It also covers Namibia negotiations, extracts concerning United States and Southern Africa and extr...

Rumours of Rain: Namibia's Post-Independence Experience

"This monograph describes the first year of Namibia's post-independence experience. It focuses on three dominant themes: politics and labour; the socio-economic realm and foreign relations. The political equation in this monograph highlights the ...

Dependency Theory in Southern Africa: Some Aspects of Migrant Labour

“This paper is not an exhaustive discussion of dependency theory as applied to Southern Africa. It is intended to be mainly illustrative of certain theoretical principles and their application in concrete situations and to complement the more pure...

SAIIA Newsletter vol. 7, no. 2, 1975

This newsletter contains eight articles by various authors. Peter Rogge’s article describes changes in Europe’s industrial structure in terms of historical changes, changes in the structure of industries, and changes in the structure between di...

The Birth, Death and Survival of Exports in Zambia 1999 - 2011

"This paper deals with the dynamics of Zambia’s export performance, analyzing the birth, death and persistence of exporting in various products and destinations. We use a framework that has recently proliferated in international trade to decompose...

The Problem Of High Interest Rates: Don’t Control But Please Regulate

"The persistence of high interest rates in Ghana is the collective responsibility of banks, the fiscal authorities and the monetary authorities. High bank lending rates and large spreads are of particular concern, not only can they not be justifie...

Ghana’s Middle-Income Reality Check Part I: The Economic Dimension

"After rebasing in 2010, Ghana’s per capita GDP rose to Middle-Income Country (MIC)level as defined by the World Bank. The per capita income measure is, however, seen to be too narrow as it does not even include key economic indicators let alone i...

Morocco's 2014- 2020 Industrial Strategy and its Potential Implications for the Structural Transformation Process / La Stratégie Industrielle 2014- 2020 du Maroc et ses Implications Potentielles sur le Processus de Transformation Structurelle

More than ever now, Morocco is threatened by the trap of middle-income economies. Caught between increased competition from low-income countries in low productivity and labor-intensive sectors on the other hand, the difficulty of accelerating its...

Acquisition of Technological Capability in Africa: A Case Study of Indigenous Building Materials Firms in Nigeria

"Throughout the world, developing countries are facing severe problems with regard to the supply of building materials, the core of the construction sector. As populations grow and interactions improve and as aspirations to higher living standards...

Morocco faces its First Commercial Dispute before the WTO Morocco - Hot-Rolled Steel Case (Complaint from Turkey)

This paper examines Turkey's case against Morocco before the World Trade Organization (WTO), over anti-dumping duties on hot-rolled steel products. Turkey's complaint constitutes both a precedent and an opportunity. First, it is a precedent in tha...

The Recent Slide In The Cedi Should Be A Wake-Up Call

"The paper examines the reasons for the recent sharp depreciation in the cedi, while placing the problem in a long-term context. The paper offers both short-term and long-term solutions to safeguard the cedi's value. As a bottom line, the paper ar...

Industrial Parks as Engines for Economic Growth in Ethiopia

If run well, with all industrial park shades rented, the funding industrial park development with FDI loans is beneficial to Ethiopia’s economy. To ensure the success of this policy, the government must attract foreign direct investment by devel...

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