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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 eco…

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 conceptua…

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 l…

SACU - One Hundred Not Out: What future for the Customs Union?

This paper is based on research conducted recently in South Africa (SA), Namibia, Angola and Botswana. Policy and decision makers were asked to complete a questionnaire about the future of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). Although the resp…

Saudi Arabia as an Emerging Market: Commercial Opportunities and Challenges for South Africa

Saudi Arabia is a country on the rise with its sights set on full integration into the global economy. Since the late 1990s, Saudi policymakers have made a concerted effort to reform the country’s economy, and to position it as an investment destina…

Towards China Inc? Assessing the implications for Africa

"The combined economies of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong amount to US$1.437 trillion making ‘Greater China’ the fourth largest economy in the world. Driven by exports China’s GDP growth averaged 9.7% in the two decades to 2000. Average GDP growth was …

The Soviet Union and Southern Africa

This document discusses the involvement of the Soviet Union in southern Africa, giving the historical background of Soviet African policies, describing the basic Soviet approach since the end of the 1960s, and its interventionist policies from 1975 …

SAIIA Newsletter vol. 5, no. 3, 1973

This newsletter contains seven articles and three brief reports. The first article, by Leif Egeland, discusses the development of the South African Institute of International Affairs, and welcomes support by members to secure its future. The sec…

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 formulated…

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 all…

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 an…

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 investment …

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 tel…

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 A…

Botswana Financial Services

"The objective of the review was to provide a comprehensive overview of the current financial sector environment. To achieve this, an evaluation of the financial sector was undertaken. The evaluation centred around market access policies, particular…

When is Foreign Direct Investment Beneficial to a Country and when is it not? The Case of South Africa

"Although South African policymakers have introduced policies to encourage foreign direct investment (FDI), so far the results have not met expectations, particularly in relation to greenfield investment. Instances in which the country has managed …

What are the Corporate Options in South Africa? An American Multinational Corporation View

“American corporations doing business in South Africa have been under heavy pressure in recent years to withdraw from South Africa.” Pressure groups want to know “why they continue to operate in South Africa when the system of apartheid denies basic…

Development of Resources and Physical Infrastructure Possibilities for Mutually Beneficial Cooperation Between Southern Africa and Eastern Asia

"The task before this group is to examine the similarities and dissimilarities in Eastern Asian and Southern African development experiences and indicate what possibilities exist for mutually beneficial cooperation. The cooperation here is in the co…

Determinants of Non-Mining Private Investment in Botswana

"The paper seeks to identify factors influencing and determinants of non-mining private investment in Botswana. It presents various studies conducted in other countries with modified assumptions to suit Botswana economy. It makes policy recommendati…

The Investment Climate in Tanzania: Views of Business Executives

"This brief presents findings from the Executive Opinion Survey 2009, a core input of the Global Competetiveness Report 2009-10 produced by the World Economic Forum. The findings indicate that general security for businesses in Tanzania is good, we…

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