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The Performance of Ethiopia’s Agricultural Export Sector

Accelerated economic growth has been the main agenda of the Ethiopian government, especially since 2002/3. One area that has been emphasized, in order to promote the economic performance of the country, is external trade, which generates foreign ex…

Analysis of Bilateral Trade in UEMOA: The Implications of Trade Effects

This paper investigated the implications of trade effects in bilateral trade analyses drawing evidence from UEMOA. Consequently, it provides three main innovations: (i) it augments the gravity model (GM hereafter) to include Kelejian et al (2012) ty…

Regional Integration in Africa: Some Recent Developments and Challenges

African countries accounted for only 3.2 percent of world trade in 2013 compared to 5 percent in the mid-1960s and have been left out of the recent benefits accruing from international trade. This weak performance can be reversed by regional integra…

The Impact of Trading With China on Botswana's Economy

"The objective of this paper is to examine the impact of trading with China on Botswana’s domestic and third markets. The paper also assesses the structure and magnitude of Botswana-China bilateral trade. Botswana’s trade balance with China has been…

Silk, Cinnamon and Cotton: Emerging Power Strategies for the Indian Ocean and the Implications for Africa

"The Indian Ocean, once a centre of gravity for the trading nations of Asia, the Gulf and coastal Africa, is on the cusp of a revival of its substantial commercial status and geo-strategic prospects. This is manifested in a number of ways. First,…

Malawians Admire South Africa as Development Model, see Strong Influence of U.S. and China

"South Africa ranks highest among models for Malawi’s future development, according to Malawians’ perceptions of international relations expressed in a recent Afrobarometer survey. The United States is the second-most-popular model and is regarded a…

Determinants of Export Commodity Concentration and Trade Dynamics in Ethiopia

With this study, the direction of trade in Ethiopia was descriptively assessed, along with the construction of the appropriate concentration index. The paper has also attempted to estimate the major determinants of export concentration or export div…

From the Cape to Cairo? The Potential of the Tripartite Free Trade Area

"This paper shows that there is a sound case for regional economic integration in the form of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA). The three main countries involved in this project – Egypt, Kenya and South Africa – have a considerable regional tr…

What has Tax Got to do with Development A Critical look at Zimbabwe's Tax system

"The report takes a closer look at the relationship between taxation and development in Zimbabwe by examining the various complexities surrounding taxation as a development finance mechanism in Zimbabwe including the current tax framework, the amoun…

The Prospects of South Africa’s Engagement with ASEAN Countries

Asia's importance in the South African foreign policy is commonly attributed to the level of bilateral relations and increasing trade relations South Africa has with the Asian emerging powers such as China India and Japan to name a few. However it i…

South Africa: Between Regional Integration and Trade Multilateralism

Global trade is conducted through bilateral, regional, interregional and multilateral engagements. Multilateralism, the most widely inclusive process, defined by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as a system to help trade flow as freely as possibl…

A Study on Intellectual Property Environment in Eight Countries: Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) refers to protection of inventions in all fields of human endeavor – scientific discoveries, industrial designs, Trade Marks, Service Marks, Literary, Artistic, Scientific Works, Performances, Sound recordings, br…

Case Studies in Base Metal Processing and Beneficiation: Lessons from East Asia and SADC Region

"This research report first considers the industrial policy debate on beneficiation and its context within the broader policy debate on the appropriate role of industrial policy. Over the past decade, beneficiation as a policy has generally been sup…

Sahara : Une Cour de Justice qui Oriente la Politique étrangère de l’UE / Sahara: A Court of Justice that Guides the EU's Foreign Policy

In the first instance, the decision by the Court of justice of the European Union to intercede favorably with the action for annulment, brought by the Front Polisario, of the Agricultural Draft-agreement signed between Morocco and the European Union…

Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2016

The Africa Growth Initiative and its colleagues discuss six overarching themes in this year’s Foresight Africa, that place Africa at this tipping point and give their views on what they perceive to be key areas for intervention to keep Africa on its…

Identification des Possibilités d’appui aux Filières de Commercialisation Porteuses / Identifying Opportunities to Support Promising Marketing Channels

The study of identifying opportunities to support the promising business sectors fits in the process of preparation of the 11th EDF interventions in Senegal. In accordance with the terms of reference, this study was conducted in two phases, each pha…

Can Africa Compete with China in Manufacturing? The Role of Relative Unit Labor Costs

This paper examined the bilateral trade and cost competitiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) with China. Patterns are reviewed of bilateral trade between SSA and China, showing an extraordinary imbalance in the structure of trade, in that China over…

Orchestrating Environmental Sustainability in Regional Trade Agreements

"With environmental sustainability gaining traction, it is imperative to assess its integration in Regional Trade Agreements. In this context, this paper sought to assess the integration of environmental sustainability in Regional Trade Agreements i…

German Civil Society Responds to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Lessons for South Africa?

Civil society organizations and South African officials may to a certain extent draw lessons from the experiences of Germany and Europe in the ongoing TTIP negotiations, given South Africa’s influential role in Africa. With an increasingly complex a…

An Assessment of the Likely Implications of the World Trade Organisation’s Bali Package for Africa

"The Bali Package is the first substantive breakthrough for the WTO since the DDA began in 2001 and it consists of issues on agriculture, trade facilitation, cotton and Least Developed Countries (LDC). The most significant part of the Bali Package i…

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