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‘Strategic Partnerships’: The European Union’s Quest for Global Clout

"The European Union (EU) has revisited many of its external policies with the view to strengthen its relations with strategic partners in the developing world, and to boost its visibility as a pivotal political actor on the global stage. These st...

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 re...

Transport Services in SACU: Accelerating Harmonisation and Liberalisation

"Services are without doubt a key driver of economic growth and fundamentally influence (or determine) the trade capacity of countries. Like many other World Trade Organisation (WTO) member states, Southern African Customs Union (SACU) countries r...

What Does the Future Hold for SACU? From Own Goal to Laduma! Scenarios for the Future of the Southern African Customs Union

"A group of Southern African Customs Union (SACU) experts and interested parties recently participated in a scenario-planning exercise on the future of SACU. This paper gives an account of the scenarios developed, which range from SACU collapsing ...

BRIC and IBSA Forums: Neo-liberals in Disguise or Champions of the South?

South–South co-operation has existed for many decades and has played a key role in solidifying unity among developing countries. However, the concept of South–South co-operation has evolved from being concerned with geopolitics and opposing imperi...

The horn of Africa - old problems and new opportunities

"This Paper attempts to explain the historical, political and economic framework within which the states operate in the Horn of Africa, to identify Superpower involvement there and to shed some light on the region's refugee and other problems. It...

South Africa's role in Africa

South Africa’s position in Africa cannot be properly assessed without an overall view of the composition of the Republic’s population. The relations between the various communities will have a crucial effect on relations with the rest of Africa. I...

The Constellation of Southern African States and the Southern African Development Co-Ordination Council: Towards a new regional stalemate?

"The object of this study is to examine some of the implications for Southern Africa of the existence of two separate groupings of states in the region. The origins and development of CONSAS and SADCC will be considered in turn. A comparison will ...

The Arusha conference: Moves toward a new grouping of states in Southern and Central Africa

This brief report describes the Southern African Development Co-ordination Conference held at Arusha, Tanzania, on 3 and 4 July 1979. The Conference aims to develop new infrastructure and create a new economic relationship in Southern Africa whi...

Reflections on approaching an FTA negotiation with Mercosur: A review of key issues

"The report starts by briefly reviewing the way in which economists generally approach assessment of regional trade agreements, and South-South trade agreements in particular. The 'Review on Trade Flows' then examines the overall trade flows betw...

A special study on: The SADC Economies - waiting for South Africa

This paper is presenting an overview of the economic position, policies and problems of the SADC countries. Rapid political change in South Africa itself has prompted a section on South Africa’s economic relations with the region. An economic summ...

From isolation to integration? : The South African economy in the 1990s

Presents the proceedings of a conference entitled 'South Africa in the Global Economy' which was held from 11-12 July 1996. The conference was held to help locate and understand South Africa's position in the context of the continent's developmen...

Dialogue in Africa

Looks back at past developments over ten years against the growing isolation of South Africa in the early sixties. Also reflects on the threats of isolation which continued in various areas of South African foreign relations

South Africa in the global economy

"This book examines South Africa's international economic relations. The impact of the Republic's domestic needs, its role as an African power and the evolving nature of the global economic system are all considered as the country strives to provi...

The Role of Africa in the Global Economy: The Contribution of Regional Cooperation with Particular Reference to South Africa

"The paper discusses Africa's importance in the world economy. It asserts that Africa's importance has declined over the years. The decline coupled with extreme poverty in most of Africa calls for analysis of possible ways to reverse the negative...

eAfrica: The electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 2, October 2004

Examines some of the orthodoxies around regionalisation and trade in Africa. Reflects on lessons from Europe and Asia regarding development through integration. Emphasizes that transparency, accountability, access to information and realistic mana...

South Africa & Southern Africa: Regional integration and emerging markets

"The impact of global forces compels governments to recognise the incentives and constraints of inter-dependence and fashion appropriate institutional means for achieving the long term goal of closer union. If the building blocks of a future 'ne...

Policy Options for Improving Regional Fertilizer Markets in West Africa

"A primary motivation for this study is to identify a key set of policy options for improving fertilizer markets in West Africa (among Economic Community of West African States member countries) in ways that ultimately will help improve the effici...

Chad - North African headache

This report describes the recent unrest and tangled political situation in Chad. Amidst shifting allegiances and tribal antagonisms, Prime Minister Hissen Habre is attempting to unseat President Felix Malloum, with the situation being complicated ...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 62

This Southern Africa Record contains the following texts:SOUTH AFRICA AND SCANDINAVIA: Statement on South Africa from the Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Nordic Countries at Karlshamn; USA, USSR AND AFRICA: Joint Statement of USSR Foreign ...

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