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Botswana's Debt Sustainability: A Brief Narrative

" This paper examines the financial and by extension the economic sustainability of the existing debt using non-technical analysis and a simplified narrative.The motivation of this note was to shed light on the extent to which one should worry abou…

South Africa and the Tide of World Affairs

"For the last five months of last year I was visiting institutes of international affairs and university centres of international and African studies in the United States and Canada, in Britain, Holland, France, Belgium and Western Germany. In all …

SAIIA Southern Africa Record No 38

This edition covers the agreement to exchange trade representatives between South Africa and Swaziland. The next section includes remarks, declarations and statements concerning the relationship between South Africa and Mozambique. The section on th…

The Economic Gateway to Africa? Geography, Strategy and South Africa's Regional Economic Relations

"The paper argues that South Africa’s role as an economic gateway primarily depends upon geography, ie upon naturally given and man-made structures in geographical space. Based upon these structures, politicians and businessmen have to pursue the ri…

Competition and Trade Policy: The case of the Botswana poultry industry

"The poultry sector is the most successful example of import substitution in Botswana with the country having achieved national self sufficiency. This paper describes the value chain in the industry and shows how, given the small size of the market,…

What are the Major Trends and Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in SADC Countries?

"The 1990s witnessed an investment trend involving African firms investing in other African countries, notably from South Africa and Mauritius. This represents a clear indication of a new form of cross-border economic interaction. Privatisation has …

Russia-South Africa Relations: Collaboration in BRICS and the G-20

"The paper investigates the features of Russia–South Africa relations in light of their membership in BRICS and the G-20. Collaboration with South Africa contributes to the creation of the multipolar world order and strengthens Russia’s position in …

Key Issues in the Textile and Clothing Sector in Botswana

'The paper considers the performance of the textile and clothing sector in Botswana, and reviews various national and international incentive schemes aimed at developing textile and clothing exports. The analysis shows that the policies and preferen…

Les Organisations Paysannes Senegalaises dans les Negociations Commerciales / Senegalese Farmers' Organizations and Trade Negotiations

"Despite there having been no Economic Partnership Agreements (APE) negotiated between the European Union and West African (AO) countries by the end of January 2010, Senegal nonetheless benefits from APE Agreements signed at the Lomé Convention of 1…

The G-20 and Africa: A Critical Assessment

"The increased globalisation over the last 20 years has made effective global economic governance more important than ever. This period has witnessed the rise of a number of new international governance actors, such as the Group of Twenty (G-20) a…

Ethiopia and BRICS: A Bilateral Trade Analysis

The data gathered for this report shows an increase in trade between Ethiopia and BRICS, largely from China and India, Ethiopia exports crude materials, food and live animals, but a gradual diversification towards manufactured goods can be seen. Thi…

South Africa's Economic Statecraft in Southern Africa: Non-existent or Nascent? An Examination of Relations with Zimbabwe and Swaziland

This occasional paper is concerned with the success of South Africa’s engagement with Zimbabwe and Swaziland in support of a normative and progressive agenda by means of economic incentives and other tools favouring the promotion of democracy and it…

Le Maroc et le Conseil de Coopération du Golfe : Perspectives Géostratégiques et Opportunités économiques / Morocco and the Gulf Cooperation Council: Geostratic Perspectives and Economic Opportunities

The geopolitical consequences of the ongoing Arab revolts, begin to clearly show. After the inter-Palestinian agreement between the movements of Hamas and Fatah, which would have been unimaginable months ago, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) fores…

The Way Forward for the Southern African Development Community Economic Partnership Agreement

"Negotiations on economic partnership agreements (EPAs) between the European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries will end on 1 October 2014. After long and acrimonious talks, concessions must now be made. In the Southern Af…

Towards Agenda 2063: Re-inventing Partnership on Extractive Governance

This briefing outlines key principles that should frame stakeholder engagements in Africa’s extractive industries, with balanced participation by companies, governments and other role players. Chief among these is a renewed commitment by all the pa…

Riding the Sudanese Storm: China, India, Russia, Brazil and the Two Sudans

This paper offers a thematic analysis of the Chinese, Indian, Russian and Brazilian engagements since Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 2005, with particular focus on the changing nature and trajectory of these relationships after the…

Opening Borders: Extra-governmental Involvement in African Regional Integration

"Drawing extra-governmental constituencies into regional integration initiatives is important in ensuring that durable systems emerge. The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) shows that in Africa, as in much of the world, involving civil society …

Making AGOA work for Africa

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) offers duty-free access to the largest market in the world, and has the potential to be a major driving force in African development. Thus far, however, it has failed to live up to its potential.US impor…

Governance and Illicit Financial Flows

"Insofar that it corrodes governance, engendering opportunistic crimes, grand corruption lies at the core of the problem of illicit financial flows. We identify at least two likely antagonistic circles in the illicit flow process—a virtuous circle a…

The State Of Nigeria's Economic Reforms

In 2003, following years of economic stagnation, Nigeria embarked on a comprehensive reform agenda to improve the macroeconomic environment, pursue structural reforms, strengthen public expenditure management, and conduct institutional and governanc…

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