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Convergence and Economic Integration in Africa: the Case of the Franc Zone Countries

"Using the convergence theory inspired by models of endogenous growth, this paper analysed convergence in the economies of the Franc Zone countries in Africa. In recent years studies on the convergence of economies using beta- and sigma-converge...

An Evaluation of the Viability of a Single Monetary Zone in ECOWAS

"This study focuses on the prospects of a viable monetary union in the subregion and the role of monetary integration in the facilitation and enhancement of payments for intra-regional trade. Specifically, the main objective of this study is to de...

African Development in the Context of New World Trade and Financial Regimes: The Role of the WTO and Its Relationship to the World Bank and the IMF

"While mindful of the potentially positive consequences of globalization for Africa, this paper posits that conscious policies are required to ensure that trade openness and increased private capital inflows lead to enhanced and sustained growth. ...

Assessing Export Supply Constraints: Methodology, Data, Measurement

"This paper develops a research framework to assess the constraints to export supply in low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It begins with a review of theory and evidence on export development in low- income countries in section 2. It then...

European Economic Integration and the Franc Zone : the Future of the CFA Franc after 1996: Part I : Historical Background and a New Evaluation of Monetary Co-operation in the CFA Countries

"The general objective of this study is to assess the impact of a unified monetary authority in Europe on the FZ and also to assess the possible options in relation to the current CFA monetary arrangements. The specific goal of this part is to giv...

European Economic Integration and the Franc Zone: The Future of the CFA Franc after 1999 Part II

"This research contemplates the likely scenarios that may be available to the CFA countries after 1999. Five different scenarios have been analysed. First is pegging the CFA to the euro by the two CFA zones or separately. The second option concer...

Linking Economic Growth to Poverty Reduction under Globalisation: A Case for Harnessing Globalisation for the Poor in Sub-Saharan Africa

"As the process of global economic integration has intensified since the early 1990s, the question of how globalization affects the world’s poor has become one of the central issues in international political economy and international relations. T...

Opportunities And Challenges Facing Africa In The Development Of Key Export Sectors Under The WTO Agreement - A Focus On Mining, Manufacturing And Services

"This paper considers the position in Africa of the mining, manufacturing and services sectors, specifically: Their performance and growth potential; the constraints to market access that confront them when output and exports are expanded; The ke...

The Impact of China-Africa Trade Relations: The Case of Kenya

"The increase in China’s economic and political involvement in Africa is arguably the most momentous development on the continent today. One of the more contentious issues surrounding Sino-African relations involves trade. Although Africa and Chin...

Monitoring Economic Integration in SADC, 2006/2007: Overlapping Memberships of Regional Economic Arrangements and EPA Configurations in Southern Africa

"The 2006-2007 version of Monitoring SADC has focused primarily on overlapping memberships within Southern Africa. Both in the context of regional integration blocks and within the framework of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA's)that are being...

Monitoring Economic Integration in SADC, 2005

"This report on monitoring economic integration in SADC marks the start of a series of annual reports, intended to assist the SADC secretariat by providing information on the progress of economic integration in the region, measured in the light of...

Furthering Southern African Integration: Proceedings of the 2008 FOPRISA Annual Conference

"This is the third collection of papers under the FOPRISA conference proceedings series. The papers included here are a general discussion about regional cooperation and integration; monitoring Southern African cooperation and integration and the ...

Zimbabwe: What Next?

In the aftermath of the deeply flawed March 2002 presidential election, Zimbabwe has dropped off the radar screen of most policy-makers and media but its crisis is deepening: * the ruling ZANU-PF party and the government are systematically us...

Zimbabwe's Election: The Stakes for Southern Africa

Since the intensification of Zimbabwe's political, economic and humanitarian crisis following defeat of a government-sponsored constitution in a national referendum nearly two years ago, the International Crisis Group (ICG) has documented the esca...

The BRICSAM Countries and Changing World Economic Power: Scenarios to 2050

Rapid economic growth in the large developing countries collectively known as BRICSAM (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Mexico) has the potential to change the balance of economic power in the world. This paper analyzes this potentia...

China's Growing Economic Presence in Africa

African economic interdependence with China, though proportionately smaller than is the case with most other geographical areas, is growing apace. China now accounts for around nine percent of Africa's oil and gas exports, and comparable amounts o...

‘Strategic Partnerships’: The European Union’s Quest for Global Clout

"The European Union (EU) has revisited many of its external policies with the view to strengthen its relations with strategic partners in the developing world, and to boost its visibility as a pivotal political actor on the global stage. These st...

Africa's Challenges in International Trade and Regional Integration: What Role for Europe?

"The challenges that Africa faces in trade and regional integration are legion, and well documented. In this brief we attempt to summarise them against the backdrop of Africa’s broad development priorities. We then explore the ‘demand’ and ‘supply...

South & Southern Africa: lessons from emerging markets

"The rapidly evolving process of globalisation has posed a number of key economic challenges for South and Southern Africa. Globalisation has resulted in a rapid acceleration of economic activity across borders, where knowledge has become incre...

MERCOSUR & SADC regional integration in the South

"The process of globalisation is sustained by, and produces, national and regional interdependencies.But in contrast to the Cold War emphasis on regionalism in the form of collective security arrangements, there has been a new emphasis on region...

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