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Factors Affecting Botswana's Competitiveness

"This brief note examines Botswana’s competitive position and implications in light of the rankings Botswana attained from the 2011/12 GCR and earlier years. The analysis provides a comparison of Botswana’s performance and those of other countries...

Unlocking the Business Environment in Nigeria: The BECANS Solution

"Nigeria is widely acknowledged as a country with great (albeit unrealized) potential to become a major player in the global economy. One vivid sign of unrealized potential is the inability to translate huge crude oil earnings into international e...

Economic Competitiveness across Nigerian States: The Challenge of Infrastructure and Utilities

"This paper examines the main issues and challenges in benchmarking and assessment of infrastructure and utilities as a critical influence of business environment and economic competitiveness across Nigerian States. Section two reviews the concept...

Managing Natural Resources to Ensure Prosperity in Africa

"The discovery and extraction of natural resources has the potetial to finance rapid, sustained and broad-based development. However, the historical record of resource discoveries in developing countries is deeply worrying. Often discoveries have...

Impact of Investment Climate Reforms on Growth and Development of SMES: Comparisons from South Africa, Nigeria and Cameroon

"Drawing from World Bank Investment Climate surveys, the main objective of Investment Climate Assessment (ICA) studies is to develop a better understanding of the constraints to investment and sustained productivity growth in a given country. Afr...

An Econometric Analysis of Capital Flight from Nigeria: A Portfolio Approach

"This study provides measures of real capital flight from Nigeria based on the residual method adjusted for exchange rate fluctuations and trade misinvoicing. The portfolio choice approach is explored, in which the flow of capital is accumulated i...

Cameroon's Fiscal Policy and Economic Growth

"Cameroon has experienced periods of economic growth and decline. During the growth period public expenditures increased the size of the public sector. The decline period, which started in 1986, has been characterized by government expenditures th...

China and Africa – Opportunities and Challenges

"The phenomenon of China in the global arena is quite significant. It presents opportunities and challenges which African policy makers and thinkers must take very seriously and respond to it very intensively. This is particularly so as other reg...

Impact of China and India on Sub Saharan African Metals, Ores and Minerals - Issues and Challenges

"Sub-Saharan Africa provides a significant share of the mineral resources fuelling the growth of the dynamic Asian economies of India and China. This framework paper examines the current metals, ores and minerals trade between China and India and ...

International Stock Market Linkages

"In this paper, the extent of linkages among three stock markets in Southern Africa, specifically Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa are investigated. The extent is considered to which these markets are related to emerging markets more generally ...

Nigeria: Towards an Optimal Macroeconomic Management of Public Capital

"This paper develops a framework for making decisions on the type of infrastructure to build and where to build. The basic intuition is that by deriving the marginal physical products of installed infrastructure, we can prioritize infrastructure ...

Policy Commitment Arrangements for Africa: Implications for Aid, Trade and Investment Flows

"This paper focuses on the commitment mechanisms a government can use to build credibility in trade and investment policies. We refer to commitment mechanisms as "agencies of restraint". We classify such agencies according to their domicile and t...

Real Interest Rates and the Mobilization of Private Savings in Africa A Case Study of Kenya

"The objective of this paper is to test the hypothesis that real interest rates have a significant positive impact on financial and non financial saving in Kenya, which in turn support a higher level of investment. This is done by examining the pr...

Zambia's Privatisation continues apace

"South Africa is set to become a major player in the economy of Zambia, according to figures recently released by the Zambia Investment Centre in Lusaka. Investment pledges have reached up to US$180 million, easily passing those of Britain, which ...

The Impact of Government Policy on Macroeconomic Variables: A Case Study of Private Investment in Tanzania

"The major hypothesis of the paper is that private sector investment is necessary if economic growth is to be accelerated. However, in order to stimulate such investments appropriate monetory, fiscal and exchange rate policies have to be formulat...

Asset Price Developments in an Emerging Stock Market : The Case of Mauritius

"The Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM) has been in operation for more than 15 years. As at December 2004, there were 40 companies listed on the official market. The main objectives of this study were to analyse the risk return characteristics of a...

Impact of China - Africa Investment Relations: The Case of Zambia

"Chinese investments in Zambia are primarily resource seeking and have been concentrated in the mining sector. There are investments in construction, trading manufacturing sectors too. The growth of these investments has been steady over the year ...

The Determinants of Fiscal Deficit and Fiscal Adjustment in Cote D'Ivoire

"The aim of this paper is to discuss the appropriateness of the measures adopted for fiscal adjustment in Cote d'Ivoire and the determinants of its fiscal deficit over the past two decades. The paper also investigate the impact of public investmen...

SADC Trade in Services: Negotiating the National Interest

"The paper begins with a review of the role of the service industry in the SADC economy, focusing on its GDP, employment, trade and investment. It identifies three major sectors for illustrative evaluation, namely transportation, financial and t...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 9, no. 1, 1985

"In this number of the Bulletin we have elected to present our readers with two lengthy but significant articles. The first is the fruit of co-operation between Heribert Adam and Stanley Uys. Although new developments in relations between South...

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