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Boosting South Africa’s Economic Relations with the BRICS

South Africa should argue the case for stronger economic cooperation within the grouping, despite the challenges in intra-BRICS economic relations as was observed in the paper. Firstly, while it appears that financial cooperation, specifically wi...

East or West ? Comparing China, US and EU Policy, Trade and Investment Relations With Kenya

The question of East or West, is more of a political debate than an economic one. China, EU and US are development partners with unique opportunities, which cannot be easily substituted by other development partners. Each partner operate and pursu...

Relations between Morocco and Sub Saharan Africa: What is the Potential for Trade and Foreign Direct Investment? / Relations Entre le Maroc et l’Afrique Sub Saharienne : Quels Potentiels pour le Commerce et les Investissements Directs étrangers ?

Central banks of large advanced and many emerging market economies have recently gone through a period of extraordinary expansion of balance sheets and are all now possibly facing a transition to less abnormal times. However, the fact that one gro...

Chinese Investors in Ethiopia: The Perfect Match?

The paper's objective is to examine why and how Chinese investments have developed in Ethiopia and how this impacted on the country. In particular, it seeks to assess whether Ethiopia is a case of a win-win partnership, focusing in particular on t...

Argentina’s Shifting Politics: New Prospects for Collaboration with Africa?

Mauricio Macri, Argentina’s new president, has many challenges ahead. In the initial 10 months of his government, he has devalued the currency, lifted significant trade and capital barriers, and launched conversations with international investor...

Multilateralism: What is the Political (Geo) Resonance for Steel? / Multilatéralisme : Quelle Résonance (Géo) Politique pour l’acier ?

While energy products are clearly at the heart of geopolitical relations, other commodities cannot be neglected to explain certain developments in the international economic and political scene. Steel has been one of these since the 19th century. ...

Africa-Atlantic Integration: Can the Economy Unite What Geology has Divided? / L’intégration Afrique-Atlantique : L’économie peut-elle Réunir ce qui a été Séparé par la Géologie ?

The Atlantic basin situated in the Northern part of the country, holds a strategic place in the global economy given the systemic importance it represents. However, this area remains very heterogeneous with significant differences between the econ...

Morocco Brazil Economic Relations: Current Situation and Strategies for a Deeper Relationship

The bilateral trade between Brazil and Morocco is associated with the agricultural productive chain. This has a significant part that is involved with the export of agricultural raw materials by Morocco and the export of food products by Brazil. I...

Survey of the Capacity Needs of Africa's Regional Economic Communities and Strategies for Addressing them

The second Capacity Survey of the Regional Economic Communities in Africa aims to reassess the capacity needs of the eight RECs in African Union (AU) member states in line with their new strategic thrusts and prospective development imperatives. I...

Enabling African Businesses to Transform the Continent

"Africa needs a strong, modern, competitive, innovative and dynamic private sector to drive economic growth and sustainable development. The success of efforts to lift millions out of poverty and improve the lives of all Africans as envisioned by...

Capacity Building for the Promotion of Trade and Investment in Africa - Challenges and Strategies

The lack of capacity has hindered Africa from exploiting the investment and trade opportunities offered by the global economy. Most of the constraints and challenges are linked to ineffective policies, poor management systems and frameworks, we...

Challenges Facing Africa's Regional Economic Communities in Capacity Building

"The concern for regional cooperation and integration in Africa predates independence. The period 1960-1980, however, witnessed the emergence of the major regional integration schemes that pushed forward the Continent’s economic integration agenda...

Nonlinearities in International Productivity Growth

The research in the paper consists of country panel data spanning over 1998-2008 for both developed and developing countries to study the productivity growth when countries are close to the technology frontier. Relying on a semi-parametric general...

Do Firms Learn by Exporting or Learn to Export : Evidence from Senegalese Manufacturers’ Plants

The increasing number of literature investigating the impact of trade openness on firm efficiency has not yet provided a definite prediction on the direction of causality. This paper investigated the relation between exporting and productivity on...

E-Commerce and the WTO: A Developmental Agenda

The rise of e-commerce presents both challenges and opportunities, leading to calls for multilateral trading rules at the WTO. The route to industrial development is changing and rules at the WTO – the subject of this paper – will have important...

WTO Ministerial Commitments from Nairobi: Key Issues for South Africa at MC11

At the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference, held in Nairobi from 15–19 December 2015, members agreed on several outcomes relating to public stockholding, export competition, cotton, domestic support and a special safeguard mechanism for developing c...

Taming the Dragon? Defining Africa's Interests at the Forum on China Africa Co-operation (FOCAC)

The policy seminar examined systematically how Africa’s 53 states define and articulate their geo-strategic interests and policies for engaging China within FOCAC. Beijing has a structured long-term view of engaging Africa at FOCAC, but Africa is ...

Maroc-CEDEAO: Comprendre les Réticences pour Mieux les Dépasser / Morocco-ECOWAS: Understanding Reluctance in order to Surpass it

One should bear in mind that joining a group such as ECOWAS, which ensures the free movement of goods, persons and services and aspiring to a single currency regime in 2020 - was not a straightforward matter with regards to the institutional, regu...

Étude sur les besoins en Capacités des Communautés Économiques Régionales dʼAfrique et Stratégies pour y faire face / Study on Capacity needs of the Regional Economic Communities of Africa and Strategies to cope

This study deals with the critical problem and urgent need for capacity building in Regional Economic Communities of Africa (RECs), which have been identified as the "bases for construction" of the African Union. RECs also play a central role in t...

Africa Capacity Report 2014: Capacity Imperatives for Regional Integration in Africa

This year's Africa Capacity Report takes a fresh look at an old issue: regional integration, which attracted the attention and interest of leaders and development specialists and partners even before the independence of African countries. Region...

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