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China-Africa Relations Governance, Peace and Security

"Relations between China and Africa have been gathering pace and getting depth since a couple of decades ago. In the wake of the 21st century, China-Africa ties have been further cemented in both the political and economic spheres. Both Africa and...

Russia-South Africa Relations: Beyond Revival

"The policy brief analyses the main features of Russia–South Africa relations following a revival of bilateral interests in the context of the, so-called, new scramble for Africa and recent 5th BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa, on 26–27 March ...

Les Organisations de Producteurs Senegalaises dans la Negociation des Accords de Partenariat Economique - Etude / Senegalese Producer Organisations and the Negotiation of Economic Partnership Agreements - Review

"Senegal is a signatory of the Cotonou Agreement of 2000, an economic agreement between developing countries and the EU which is not in line with the rules of the World Trade Organisation (OMC) due to it not being based on any form of reciprocity....

Establishing Business Growth Opportunities by Analyzing theLinkage between Food Processing Entrepreneurs and Smallholder Farmers in order to Alleviate Poverty

"The objective of this study was to evaluate the linkage mechanism between grass roots rural agricultural (tomato) producers and urban food processors; to establish productivity indices for small-holder farmers and food processors; to assess the e...

Why Africa needs its private sector

"A key question for anyone thinking about Africa relates to whether and how its economies will expand. For most of the last decade or so, the global context has been benign for Africa because of the rise in commodities prices and falling global pr...

La Contribution des Institutions de Micro Finance au Financement des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises et l’Autonomisation des Femmes au Burundi / Contribution of Micro Finance Institutions in Financing Small and Medium Enterprises and the Empowerment of Wo

"The project proves to be innovative and could inspire the reflections on micro finance and the 'vulnerable groups'. Its overall objective is the analysis of the impact of services of MFIs on SMEs and the empowerment of women. Several specific obj...

Cross-Border Trade and Food Security in the Ethiopia-Djibouti and Ethiopia-Somalia Borderlands

"Trade between countries in the Horn of Africa is largely unofficial and unrecorded. The recent recorded data show that Ethiopia's trade with its neighboring countries is very little and is limited to some manufactured imports from Kenya and vege...

Russia and Angola: The Rebirth of a Strategic Partnership?

"Africa and Russia in general, and Angola and Russia in particular, have a long-standing friendship dating back to the days when the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was assisting African national liberation movements in gaining indepe...

Russia's Africa Policy

"Russia’s interest in Africa lies not only in terms of the continent’s natural resources. Indeed, Russia’s own reserves are significant. Developing Russia’s own enormous energy resources, however, would be far more costly than developing the sam...

Mozambique's Foreign Policy: Pragmatic Non-Alignment as a Tool for Development

"Mozambique has been held up as a veritable poster child of post-conflict success in Africa following the maintenance of relative peace since the end of the civil war in 1992. Much of this has been thanks to a foreign policy successfully pursued o...

The Dark Side of Foreign Direct Investment: A South African Perspective

"The current account in the balance of payments is always of interest to the international finance community and South Africa is no exception in this regard. The current account signals a country’s ability to meet its external financial obligation...

Angola, the Reluctant SADC Trader

"The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Trade (PoT) was signed in 1996 with the aim of increasing trade between member states through the elimination of tariffs and harmonisation of customs procedures. Regional tariff phas...

Exporting and Export Dynamics among South African Firms

"According to the National Development Plan increased exports, particularly among small and medium firms, are an important job-creation strategy. Yet much of the South African debate on exporting occurs in an environment based on anecdote and pre...

Perspectives on Trade, Investment and Competition Policy in South Africa

"In a liberalised trade and investment environment, trade, investment and competition policies together form a specific nexus. South Africa needs foreign direct investment to help address its need for employment creation, growth and development. T...

The Role of Public Sentiment and Social Media in the Evolving China-Africa Relationship

"The demands of public diplomacy have shifted with the development of social media technologies. Increasingly, governments are required to gauge and respond to public sentiment over and above the one-way communication of broadcast media. The soc...

Analysing the Development Process for Infrastructure Projects in SADC

"In a period where there is renewed emphasis on regional integration on the African continent, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the lack of infrastructure development has emerged as one of the biggest challenges to the...

The Promise of Small and Medium Enterprises

"This book on the promise of SMEs in the NSIs of BRICS represents a significant contribution in three main dimensions. First, it provides an overview of the role of small firms in the Brazilian, Russian, Indian, Chinese, and South African (BRICS)...

SADC Payment Integration System

"On 22 July 2013 the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Integrated Regional Electronic Settlement System (SIRESS) became operational in the four countries of the Common Monetary Area (CMA): South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland. ...

Top Five Reasons Why Africa Should Be a Priority for the United States

"With the dramatic changes that have taken place over the last decade, sub-Saharan Africa has become increasingly important to the rest of the world. In the past, relationships for many African countries were dominated by the former colonial powe...

Tracking, Certifying, and Exporting Artisanal Gold from Eastern DRC

"This project aims to formalise and register artisanal gold producers in Orientale province, where the bulk of the DRC’s gold is produced. By linking artisanal producers with buyers in a closed pipe chain, the project will create a fully transpare...

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