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China in Kenya: Addressing Counterfeit Goods and Construction Sector Imbalances

"China has become a key player in trade, investment and development co-operation in Kenya. Although mainly in the construction and manufacturing sectors, Chinese investments in Kenya have attracted praise and condemnation in equal proportion from...

An Overview of Chinese Agricultural and Rural Engagement in Ethiopia

"The recent expansion of Chinese economic engagement in Africa is often poorly documented and not well understood. This paper is the first in an International Food Policy Research Institute-sponsored effort to better understand Chinese engagement ...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 4, no. 1, 1980

The Smuts House Notes aim to provide a regular forum for brief expressions of opinion on topical aspects of contemporary international life. This is followed by articles of a symposium considering three views on the relations between the Republic...

South Africa as Africa's Gateway: A Perspective from Business

"For more than a decade, international companies have chosen South Africa as the preferred entry point into Africa. With its strong institutions, South Africa is a leading foreign direct investment (FDI) destination on the continent, attracting i...

The United States and South Africa In An Interdependent World: A Partnership of Mutual Benefit

This update is about the present state of relations between the United States and South Africa. It is a relationship that has from the beginning taken on two tracks, government-to-government and people-to-people. The US-South Africa Binational Com...

The Sicomines Agreement: Change and Continuity in the Democratic Republic of Congo's International Relations

The Sicomines multibillion minerals-for-infrastructure deal was struck in 2007 between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and China. The paper investigates the drivers behind the original conception of the agreement, outlines the structure of ...

Understanding China's Agricultural Investments in Africa

"Although agricultural growth has increased in Africa in recent years, food security remains a severe challenge. International organisations and programmes, such as the UN millennium development goals, have called for greater investment in Afric...

The Zambia–China Cooperation Zone at a Crossroads: What Now?

"The Zambia–China Cooperation Zone (ZCCZ) was the first Chinese economic and trade co-operation zone to be established in Africa. The project emerged from converging interests on both sides: China’s interest in Zambia’s copper reservoirs and Lusa...

The Evolving Nature of Chinese Telecommunications Investment in the DRC

"ZTE was the first Chinese company to invest in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) telecommunications sector, acquiring a majority shareholding in mobile phone operator, Congo Chine Télécoms (CCT), in 2000. CCT is popular with low-income user...

Chinese Banking Interests in Mozambique

"Unlike in most other African countries, Chinese financial involvement in Mozambique includes state-owned banks (Export–Import Bank of China – Exim Bank, and the China Development Bank – CDB) and private commercial interests, in the form of Geoca...

BRICS FDI: A Preliminary view

"Trade among the BRICS countries has shown progressive growth over the past decade. Although foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in all of the countries have increased, intra-BRICS flows do not correlate with trade figures. Overall, there is les...

SACU, Regional Integration and the Overlap Issue in Southern Africa: From Spaghetti to Cannelloni?

"This paper examines the regional integration initiatives underpinning the various southern African RECs, and SACU's relationship to the rationalization of RECs in southern and eastern Africa. Part 2 sketches the institutional frameworks associate...

South-South Economic Co-operation: The India-Brazil-South Africa Case

"This report is aimed at identifying barriers to trade and investment flows among India, Brazil, and SA - the IBSA countries - and finding ways in which these can be reduced or eliminated This report comprises six sections. Section 1 creates a con...

Nepad, Land and Resource Rights

"The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) is an overarching programme for revitalising Africa’s fortunes. It has a visionary tone, yet the way that it proposes to overcome Africa’s underdevelopment uncritically adopts neo-liberal polic...

Between Extremes China and Africa

"China has re-cast Africa’s position in the global economy. Africa’s natural resources and China’s “Go Out” strategy have underpinned a rapid surge in Chinese investment and two-way trade. The array of Chinese enterprises active in Africa, and th...

Raising Mozambique:Development through coal

"Sixteen years of civil war, which ended in 1992, left Mozambique as one of the poorest countries in the world. Still today Mozambique’s human development index ranks the lowest in Southern Africa, with a life expectancy of 52 years and a literac...

The Economic Gateway to Africa? Geography, Strategy and South Africa's Regional Economic Relations

"The paper argues that South Africa’s role as an economic gateway primarily depends upon geography, ie upon naturally given and man-made structures in geographical space. Based upon these structures, politicians and businessmen have to pursue the ...

An overview of Chinese Agricultural and Rural Engagement in Tanzania

"The recent expansion of Chinese economic engagement in Africa is often poorly documented and not well understood. This paper is the second in an IFPRI-sponsored effort to better understand Chinese engagement in Africa’s agricultural sector. A cle...

Botswana's Enabling Environment for Economic Diversification: Plugging the Holes

"Botswana’s enabling environment for investment was assessed in a Report prepared by BIDPA and World Bank entitled “Diversifying Botswana’s Exports: An Overview” (2005). This Policy Brief presents the main findings of that assessment. It focuses o...

Structural Adjustment in Africa

"Structural adjustment of the economies of tropical African countries was triggered by debt crisis in the early 1980s.Governments had borrowed heavily abroad, and had followed expansionary fiscal policies, on the strength of easy credit terms and...

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