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The political economy of trade liberalisation: What lessons for reforms today?

"This paper provides an overview of trade policy reforms in developing countries, especially the acceleration of trade and foreign investment liberalisation since the early 1980s. Its accent is on political economy, drawing on country examples and …

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 16, no. 1, 1992

This International Affairs Bulletin contains three articles and a conference review: Graham Evans’ article concerns Operation Desert Storm, the just war tradition and the new world order. It overviews the events and controversies of the Persian G…

South Africa and Australia: Competition or co-operation?

This international update examines and corrects inaccurate underlying assumptions which cloud the relationship between South Africa and Australia. These are that Australia and South Africa are competitors with similar economies, that competition in …

'It's the private sector, Stupid'

" Blame for stagnant economic development and declining human development in Africa is usually placed at the foot of the public sector. The public sector has accrued debt, mismanaged economies and become corrupt In a continent where private saving…

Brazil-SA: (Not) Doing business across the Atlantic

"Disappointingly little business is being conducted between Brazil and South Africa, arguably the most important economic powers in their respective regions. The reasons for this are varied, but have mostly to do with a lack of informed awareness …

Southern Africa's economies: Figures and trends

With a backdrop of growing regional instability and the ongoing threat of a violent change of leadership in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zimbabwe and Lesotho, questions have been posed about the economic fundamentals in South and Souther…

Assessment of Botswana’s Services Sector A Study for the BTPP/BIDPA

"This report provides an assessment of Botswana’s services sector with the aim to identify possible options, in particular in the case of ongoing regional and multilateral services trade negotiations, to support further exports of services from Bot…

One size doesn't fit all: Deal breaker issues in the failed US-SACU free trade negotiations

"This volume is part of a larger effort to raise awareness among members of the South African business community of the importance to their own interests of the issues at stake in an FTA negotiation, and of the possibilities inherent in compromise. …

China’s Role in Infrastructure Development in Botswana

"Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, is often characterised as a major success story on the continent. Consistent economic growth, effective democratic institutions and strong forward planning contribute to the country’s overall reput…

Development Aid for Infrastructure Investment in Africa: Malian relations with China, the European Commission and the World Bank

"This paper compares the terms of a selection of infrastructure aid contracts entered into by the government of Mali with both ‘traditional’ and ‘non-traditional’ donors. It asks whether these forms of aid, conventionally considered to be dichotomou…

The Myth and Reality of Chinese Investors: A Case Study of Chinese Investment in Zambia's Copper Industry

"In any attempt to analyse the implications of Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) for African countries, Zambia is the example par excellence, its historical relationship with China and its ever-increasing economic ties with the emerging power …

Banking in Nigeria and Chinese Economic Diplomacy in Africa

"While Sino–Nigerian relations have grown significantly since the 1970s, several aspects of the relationship have been controversial and difficult. However, the special attraction the two countries hold for each other has made the relationship persi…

China's Overseas Foreign Direct Investment Risk: 2008–2009

"Since the implementation of its ‘going-out’ strategy, China’s outward foreign direct investment (FDI) has experienced a rapid development, which has already become an important part of its overseas interests. This paper briefly analyses the current…

The economic implications of disinvestment for South Africa

"This study attempts to deal with an aspect of the disinvestment debate about which there has been much discussion and speculation, but, as yet, little research : the economic implications of investment sanctions for South Africa."

The United States and Africa: Policy statement of secretary of State William Rogers

At the end of March, 1970, Secretary of State William Rogers issued a policy statement on Africa, which is reproduced in full in this paper. In his address Mr. Rogers explained what America is expecting from a relationship with Africa but this will…

The role of multinational corporations in South Africa

"An assessment of the Republic's economic relations with the West has to take cognizance of the major role played by Western MNC's in the South African economy. There are also various other reasons for focusing on MNC's. First, due to the scale of…

China and Gabon: a growing resource partnership

"This policy report provides a focused study of Gabon, where Chinese involvement has begun to reshape the trade and investment patterns of the past. In so doing, it highlights the impact of and reactions to China's growing resource partnership with …

Ghana's relations with China

Ghana has gained independence in 1957 and has been very proactive in originating and implementing development programmes for which it has received substantial donor support. Ghana is not a resource-abundant country but enjoys a favourable coastal po…

Price power: China's role in the telecommunications sector of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The mobile phone in Africa is by far the most used means of communication as fixed line coverage is still weak. The ITU reported that 90% of all African subscribers today use mobile phones. Chinese investment in African telecommunications and inform…

Emerging Commercial Rivalries in Africa: A View from South Africa

The growing importance of emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, India and China on the global stage, and their interest in Africa’s resources, has real implications for Africa. This is particularly so for South Africa, a significant local investo…

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