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Understanding the Angolan FDI Regulatory Landscape

"This paper explores the regulatory framework for foreign direct investment (FDi) in Angola, with the objective of broadening understanding of the barriers to foreign investment in the country. The regulatory environment in Angola is unpredictabl…

Nigeria Economic Review Second Quarter Report 2016

An overview of the Nigerian economy is presented in this report by examining key macroeconomic indicators, external sector performance and key domestic sector performance in 2016Q2. The evidence presented shows that the internal and external sector …

China's Growing Presence in Africa Wins Largely Positive Popular Reviews

"Strategic collaboration with Africa has become a priority in the global North, East, and West. Powers that once saw the African continent primarily as a source of raw materials now focus on “partnership” and “development,” following the lead of the…

Suivi de la Demographie des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises au Cameroun une Analyse des Performances de la Reforme des CFCE 2010-2015 / Monitoring the Demography of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Cameroon an Analysis of the Reform Performance of C

This study reflected on the bilateral analysis of SMEs, which was created through the CFCEs during the period 2010-2015. It also aimed to assess the contribution of the reform on the CFCEs on national economic development. The methodological approa…

China's African Infrastructure Projects: A Tool in Reshaping Global Norms

"The resilience of China’s investments in African infrastructure has been called into question in the light of its own economic slowdown. The substantial reduction in Chinese demand for African commodities has resulted in a significant drop in commo…

Deepening Trade and Investment Relations Post-AGOA - Three Options for South Africa

"As the US and Africa look to engage at the 2016 annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum under the theme of ‘Maximizing AGOA Now While Preparing for the Future beyond AGOA’, two pertinent issues come to the fore: leveraging AGOA unti…

The Role and Effectiveness of Special Economic Zones in Tanzania

The role and effectiveness of state-owned Export Processing Zones (EPZ) and Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Tanzania is examined in this paper. Tanzania's objective is to become a middle income, semi-industrialized nation by 2025. Industrialization…

Foreign Investment Promotion and Domestic Protection : A Balancing Act

"This paper analyses South Africa’s relationship with sustainable inward foreign direct investment (FDI). It examines South Africa’s balancing act of promoting FDI that brings inclusive economic development while remaining an attractive FDI desti…

Economic Reforms and Policies to Boost Job Creation and Optimise Malawi’s Opportunity to Harness the Demographic Dividend and Accelerate Socio-economic Development

Malawi can by optimizing its economic opportunities and unleashing the power of its youthful population into an asset for development through the demographic dividend (DD), potentially accelerate its socio-economic economic transformation agenda out…

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 pursue …

Mozambique’s Debt Crisis: Trawling for Answers

Debt relief was granted to the government of Mozambique, less than two decades ago, and again this government finds itself unable to honour obligations to international creditors. Pending the publication of an audit of US$2 billion of borrowing by M…

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 group…

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 the…

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 investors …

Managing Relations Between Investors in the Extractive Sector and Local Communities

"In the mining sector, as in other sectors, such as agriculture, that powerfully affect the lives of local communities, there is growing recognition that communities play an essential role in governance. Across the world, people are becoming more aw…

Dark side of BRICS Investment

In October 2013, Zimbabwe’s government released its economic blueprint for the next five years, the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (Zim Asset). The policy focuses its funding on the BRICS. BRICS investments in Zimbabwe…

A Chequered African History of Commodity Markets, Part one: Bauxite and Aluminium

The African endowment in mineral resources is well known and has often been a mixed blessing, according to the so called “natural resources curse”. Bauxite, an ore that serves as a feedstock for aluminium production, is particularly present in Guine…

The Future of Globalization

Despite the threat posed by protectionism, right-wing nationalism and left wing populism – there is not yet an end to globalization, but rather a continuation which is the most likely scenario and perhaps even acceleration, as the world catches up o…

South Africa, Africa and International Investment Agreements

The CCR and DTI hosted a policy advisory group seminar on “South Africa, Africa, and International Investment Agreements”. The meeting brought together about 30 policymakers, scholars, and civil society actors from Africa, Asia, Europe, North Ameri…

Matchmaking Finance and Infrastructure

The world economy – and emerging market and developing economies in particular – display a gap between infrastructure needs and its finance (Canuto, 2014). On the one hand, infrastructure investment has fallen far short of what would be necessary to…

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