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BIDPA Briefing 2nd Quarter 2004

"In this BIDPA Briefing issue we discuss the trends in Botswana’s exports for the period 1997 to 2001 using the latest available data disaggregated at the 4 digit level of the Harmonised System (HS4). The high credit ratings that have been awa...

BIDPA Briefing 4th Quarter 2002

"This issue of the BIDPA Briefing gives a review of FDI inflows into Botswana which have been largely dominated by investment in manufacturing activity linked to the mining sector. Although investment in the mining sector has earned high rates of ...

BIDPA Briefing 3rd Quarter 2002

"In this issue of the briefing the impressive performance in the telecommunications sector is highlighted and the question is asked whether a precedent will be set for a broader microeconomic reform. Also discussed are the amendments to the Africa...

BIDPA Briefing 2nd Quarter 2002

"In this issue of the BIDPA briefing, we note that the newly introduced VAT, imposed on property transactions and building materials, and the long standing Transfer Duty appear less supportive of the National Housing Policy, and the Vision 2016 in...

BIDPA Briefing 1st Quarter 2002

"In this issue of the BIDPA briefing, we note that the growth in government spending may be unsustainable if not complemented by a rise in the economy's productive capacity. This reinforces the need for the country to expedite its efforts to diver...

BIDPA Briefing 4th Quarter 2001

"The 9th National Development Plan is under preparation. Such a plan provides an opportunity for all stakeholders to address the most critical policy issues facing the nation. The fight against HIV/AIDS and the need for sustainable diversification...

BIDPA Briefing 1st Quarter 2000

"As noted in the BIDPA Briefing on the 2000 Budget, the Government plans to reduce the rate of growth of government spending quite drastically. The budget estimates for 2000/01 show that government spending will increase by only 3%, compared with...

Deepening Integration in Botswana - a Benchmark for the Region

"The basic objective of the study, is to provide a broad stock-taking of the status of the policy frameworks of Botswana, especially with respect to the targets set out in the Memorandum of Understanding on Macroeconomic Stability and Convergence,...

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 7 No 3

In this bulletin several workshops held by OSSREA were discussed as well as the launching of NBRP books as well as a strategic plan for 2011-2015. Featured articles included : Is the Adoption of Multicurrency System a Panacea to Urban Dwellers’ So...

Trade, Industrial Policy and Exchange Rates in South Africa

"South Africa’s trade, industrial and exchange rate policies have been the subject of substantial public debate in recent months, not least owing to the impact of the 2008–10 global financial crisis. On the trade and industrial policy fronts a sub...

Monetary and Fiscal Actions: A Test of Their Relative Importance in Economic Stabilization in Tanzania

"This study has assessed the potency of monetary and fiscal actions in economic stabilisation in the Tanzanian Economy. The analysis used both statistical and econometric procedures. It has been found from statistical analysis that monetary and...

A Positive and Normative Analysis of Bank Supervision in Nigeria

"The study attempted to characterize the nature and determinants of bank distress in Nigeria, as well as the approaches adopted by the supervisory agencies to ensure that banks operate safe and sound practices. In doing this, it combined a non-n...

An Analysis of the Implementation and Stability of Nigerian Agricultural Policies, 1970–1993

"The study has four primary objectives. The profile of agricultural policies over the 1970–1993 period is the first. The profile includes agricultural policies in the development plans and annual and ad hoc budgets; it also covers fiscal and monet...

An Empirical Analysis of Interest Rate Spread in Kenya

"The study aimed to explain the factors determining interest rate spread for Kenya’s banking sector. For the pre-liberalization period, the minimum and maximum ceilings on deposit and lending rates set a maximum interest rate spread. Variations ...

An Evaluation of the Viability of a Single Monetary Zone in ECOWAS

"This study focuses on the prospects of a viable monetary union in the subregion and the role of monetary integration in the facilitation and enhancement of payments for intra-regional trade. Specifically, the main objective of this study is to de...

Analysis of Factors Affecting the Development of an Emerging Capital Market: The Case of the Ghana Stock Market

"The study looks at the institutional factors affecting the development of the Ghana stock market. Additionally, the study analyses the impact of the listing of Ashanti Goldfields corporation on the development of the Ghana stock market. The study...

Bank Performance and Supervision in Nigeria : Analyzing the Transition to a Deregulated Economy

"The study focuses on the effect of gradual deregulation in a developing economy on the efficiency of banks and the banking sector. It assesses whether the policy package results in an improvement in the technical efficiency of the industry. This ...

Asset Pricing and Information Efficiency of the Ghana Stock Market

"The study looks at two main objectives, the asset pricing characteristics and the response to annual earnings announcements of the Ghana Stock Market (GSM). The study hypothesizes that the GSM, as a typical African emerging stock market, is not e...

Economic Policies in G-20 and African Countries during the Global Financial Crisis Who’s the Apprentice, Who’s the Master?

"This paper finds that G-20 countries have responded through fast and large bailouts, historically large fiscal stimuli and accommodative monetary policies. It seems that African countries could learn from this, and in part they should indeed do s...

Economic Liberalization, Monetary Policy and Money Demand in Rwanda: 1980–2005

"The objective of this study was to estimate a long and short run money demand function in the Rwandan economy. Using the Johansen approach, this paper established that there was a stable long-run equilibrium relationship between the demand for ...

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