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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 betwee…

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 summar…

Angola, the Reluctant SADC Trader

"The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Trade (PoT) was signed in 1996 with the aim of increasing trade between member states through the elimination of tariffs and harmonisation of customs procedures. Regional tariff phase-…

Donors versus Investors in Southern African Infrastructure Development

"The Southern African Development Community (SADC) suffers from a critical lack of regional infrastructure that, if remedied, could boost both intraregional trade and economic integration, while making the region more investor friendly. Regional int…

Analysing the Development Process for Infrastructure Projects in SADC

"In a period where there is renewed emphasis on regional integration on the African continent, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the lack of infrastructure development has emerged as one of the biggest challenges to the f…

The Regional Integration of Public Goods

"The Political Economy of Regional Integration in Southern Africa (PERISA) project highlights the ongoing successful areas of trade integration, and examines the reasons for their success. It identifies the actors involved in driving co-operation a…

The Non-Tariff Barrier Monitoring Mechanism

"The persistence of non-tariff barriers (NTBs) has been the subject of much of the recent discourse on regional integration in Southern and East Africa. There has been a surfeit of recommended approaches to dealing with the regional NTB challenge, …

What do Regional Trade Reforms mean for Zambia?

"Zambia is participating actively in regional integration programmes, but little is known about the impacts of tariff reforms associated with such initiatives. This paper assesses the potential effects for Zambia of the trade reforms implied in both…

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 Development …

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 investigates…

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 has …

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 researc…

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 t…

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. Non…

Empirical Analysis of Tariff Line- Level Trade, Tariff Revenue and Welfare Effects of Reciprocity under an Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU: Evidence from Malawi and Tanzania

"This paper is the first comprehensive quantitative analysis for Malawi and the first to consider the comparative effects of full and less than full reciprocity for both countries. Moreover, the paper presents results at various levels of product ag…

Southern African Regionalism: Prospects for the success of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

"The African sub-continent continues to receive much attention from the international community as it strives towards economic development and integration. With the changing global economy, encouraged by the rapidly evolving process of globalisatio…

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 associated …

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 ri…

South Africa and the Indian Ocean Rim

"From 9-11 September 1996, an intergovernmental meeting will be held in Port Louis, Mauritius, during which, some parties hope, a charter will be adopted, bringing an Indian Ocean Rim Economic Association officially into being. This meeting will be…

SADC Trade in Services: Negotiating the National Interest

"The paper begins with a review of the role of the service industry in the SADC economy, focusing on its GDP, employment, trade and investment. It identifies three major sectors for illustrative evaluation, namely transportation, financial and tel…

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