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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...

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 ...

What are the Potential Benefits and Pitfalls of a Free Trade Area in the Southern African Region

"Integration can take many forms and as such, the question necessarily arises; is a free trade area the ideal mechanism for the Southern African region? Even if it is the ideal mechanism in a theoretical sense, is the Southern African Developmen...

Is Macroeconomic Policy Convergence Necessary for a Sustainable SADC Free Trade Area?

"The aim of this paper is to determine if macroeconomic policy convergence among member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is required for establishing and sustaining a free trade area (FTA). The paper also investigat...

What are the Major Trends and Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in SADC Countries?

"The 1990s witnessed an investment trend involving African firms investing in other African countries, notably from South Africa and Mauritius. This represents a clear indication of a new form of cross-border economic interaction. Privatisation ha...

The Economic Diplomacy of Kenya's Regional Interests

"Increasing attractiveness of East Africa as a ‘frontier market’ has put Kenya in the spotlight as a gateway to the region. The country identifies six sectors and is currently implementing flagship projects to enhance its prospects. Existing resea...

East African Regional Integration: Challenges in Meeting the Convergence Criteria for Monetary Union

"The realization of a successful monetary union among EAC partner states depends upon a sufficient degree of convergence of partners economies to established criteria. Gathering but scattered research has begun assessing the various benchmarks for...

Uganda's Challenges in Complying with the WTO Agreement

"As tariff and tariff-related barriers to trade continue to decline through trade liberalization and regional integration, non-policy barriers to trade like freight costs, standards and quality requirements are increasingly gaining significance. N...

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...

‘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...

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