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Perceptions of Ugandan Business Executives on the Current and Expected Business Economic Conditions

"The BCI reflects the perceptions of Ugandan business executives on the current and expected business economic conditions. The BCI is intended to be an indicator of economic activity, to supplement official statistics. The major advantage of the BC…

eAfrica: The Electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 2

This edition of eAfrica begins with an article on the influence of governance on sovereignty. The article entitled: The emboldened triangle covers the aspirations of India, Brazil and South Africa to converge in a Southern pact to rival Northern dom…

Lessons from Taiwan: Skills Development, Trade and SMEs

"In the paper Role of Education in Taiwan's Economic Development: Lessons for South Africa a brief account of Taiwan's education systems under the Japanese occupation, and in the period between 1945-2000 is given. Educational reforms are described, …

The European Union and South Africa: Reaching Agreement?

"South Africa's ongoing negotiations with the European Union (EU) for a Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement have evoked immense interest, not only in Europe and Southern Africa, but also further afield, and at a level unprecedented for any…

AGOA, Africa and Agriculture: South Africa's Experience

"It is generally agreed that African exports of agricultural goods are well below potential and that the continent would gain significantly from the liberalisation of world agricultural markets. This paper aims to uncover some of the truths and untr…

South-South Economic Co-operation: The India-Brazil-South Africa Case

"This report is aimed at identifying barriers to trade and investment flows among India, Brazil, and SA - the IBSA countries - and finding ways in which these can be reduced or eliminated This report comprises six sections. Section 1 creates a conte…

Malawi and the Regional Overlap Problem: Trade Policy Options

'In 2008 COMESA is supposed to graduate from being a free trade area to being a customs union. Whether this will be possible, is doubtful. One of the problems that could impede the formation of the customs union is the fact that some members of COME…

RECs in Eastern and Southern Africa: Attractive Aspects for Zimbabwe

'There are four Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Eastern and Southern Africa - the East African Economic Community (EAC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the So…

Between Extremes China and Africa

"China has re-cast Africa’s position in the global economy. Africa’s natural resources and China’s “Go Out” strategy have underpinned a rapid surge in Chinese investment and two-way trade. The array of Chinese enterprises active in Africa, and thei…

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…

Uganda's Access to the European Union Agricultural Market: Challenges and Opportunities

"This paper gives an overview of the trade links between Uganda, ACP(African, Caribbean and Pacific) countries and the EU. It identifies trade opportunities and challenges in accessing the European agricultural market. It summarizes the key issues a…

Risks to Global Trade and Implications for South Africa’s Economy and Policy

"The past two decades have witnessed an unprecedented globalisation of trade in goods and services. This process has been driven, inter alia, by technology, ideology and the availability of relatively cheap energy. By extrapolating this trend, one…

Rwanda Case Study on Economic Transformation

"In this research project, we conduct a study on economic transformation in Rwanda. The aim of the study is to assess how Rwanda has fared with respect to economic transformation over the past 30 years and suggest recommendations for accelerating it…

SACU Revenue Sharing Formula: Towards a developmental agreement

"The South African Customs Union (SACU) Revenue Sharing Formula (RSF) has been revised substantively twice; once in 1969 and in 1994-2002 since the creation of the customs union in 1910 and each time the changes in the treaty were a reflection of…

Diamonds Without Borders: An Assessment of the Challenges of Implementing and Enforcing the KP Certification Scheme

"In 2010, Israel (the Chair of the KPCS) prioritized strengthening KPCS efforts to combat diamond smuggling. In support of this priority, PAC worked with Israel, Canada and the United States to conduct multi-stakeholder consultations in four West Af…

Other Facets no 36

‘The Case for KP Reform: If Not Now, When?’ looks at how lost and directionless for many years, the KP (Kimberley Process) has rightly been criticized of late for coasting on autopilot and deferring any hard action on problems that come its way. ‘Ci…

What are the Potential Benefits and Pitfalls of a Free Trade Area in the Southern African Region

"Integration can take many forms and as such, the question necessarily arises; is a free trade area the ideal mechanism for the Southern African region? Even if it is the ideal mechanism in a theoretical sense, is the Southern African Development …

South African Trade Policy and the Future Global Trading Environment

"This paper puts forward a strategic view of what South African trade policy should be doing in relation to the future global trading environment. The future is uncertain, but if the past is prologue, South African trade policy needs to be position…

Is Macroeconomic Policy Convergence Necessary for a Sustainable SADC Free Trade Area?

"The aim of this paper is to determine if macroeconomic policy convergence among member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is required for establishing and sustaining a free trade area (FTA). The paper also investigates…

Foreign Investment in the SADC

"This paper explores some of the key issues related to FDI in Southern Africa. It takes a look at comparative patterns and trends of investment flows in developing regions (including the SADC). In addition, an account of the institutional and regula…

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