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Implementing Development Corridors: Lessons from the Maputo Corridor

"The Maputo Development Corridor is the largest and most successful development corridor initiative thus far in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, if not within Africa as a whole. It has overcome a range of challenges to mak...

Derailed: Transport Politics in Southern Africa

"In December 1986 the Botswana Government announced its decision to suspend indefinitely its projected take-over of a section of the railways from Zimbabwe because of a stalemate over a new train exchange arrangement with the Governments of Zimbab...

Impact of Cellular Phones on Technical and Allocative Efficiencies of Commercial Taxi and Fishing Boat Firms in Ghana

"It is important for the policy makers to know the productivity of a factor of production, know the levels of technical and allocative efficiencies, and their significant determinants so that the policy makers can know on which factor or determina...

Structural transformation in Ethiopia: Evidence from cereal markets

"We study cereal wholesale markets in Ethiopia in the last decade (2001–2011), a period that has been characterized by important local changes affecting agricultural markets, including strong economic growth, urbanization, improved road and commun...

SADC Barometer Issue 3

"This issue of the SADC Barometer examines the obstacles preventing the region from utilising effectively the infrastructure it has and building what it needs. The main article in this issue warns that SADC lacks a comprehensive plan for filli...

Prospects for Export Diversification in Botswana

"This study does not treat export diversification as an enclave issue that is somehow disconnected from the rest of the economy. For example, reform of Government monopolies in telecommunications and air travel is not a new issue. However, we pres...

A National Trade Policy for Botswana: Zero Draft and Consultations

"Trade policy plays a key role in the flow of goods and services both within and between countries. The former is called domestic trade while the latter is called international trade. The focus of this study will be on international trade. Countri...

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

Identifies 10 growth-oriented priorities that Nepad should set, and the arguments why. Reports on long-term damage in Zimbabwe, referring also to the tobacco industry. The special feature is describing a business vision for Africa with NEPAD as a ...

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...

Transport in Southern Africa

This investigation provides a description of regional transport infrastructure in Southern Africa, evaluates the likelihood of success of rehabilitation projects, and identifies actions to increase the viability of the region’s transport system. ...

Driving SACU-Mercosur: Trans-atlantic co-operation in the automotive industry

This document starts by identifying sectors that can drive the SACU-Mercosur trade agreement. The current free trade agreement (FTA) proposals between the South African Customs Union (SACU) and Common Market of the South (Mercosur) are the result ...

Quantifying the Road Influence Zone on Socio-economic Development in Rural Tigray, Ethiopia

Rural roads are very important for economic development, especially in rural areas. Empirical studies confirmed that rural roads provide safe and efficient human mobility, enhance access to markets for inputs such as fertilizers and improved seeds...

China in the Era of 'Xi Jinping Thought': Five Key Trends for Africa

This policy briefing identifies five trends that could affect Africa, emerging from China’s 19th Communist Party Congress, held in Beijing in October 2017. The congress saw the institutionalisation of several of President Xi Jinping’s key initiati...

Illness and Choice of Treatment in Urban and Rural Ethiopia

Using large data set from a nationally representative sample of households and discrete choice models, we examine the effect of access to roads, transport and liquidity on seeking treatment for illness and health care provider choice in urban and ...

Institutional Preparedness for Urban Public Transport Reforms in Zambia

Zambia’s urban public transport, largely made up of intra-city minibuses, does not meet the international standards of convenience, reliability and affordability, which describes an effective public transport system. The 2013 ZIPAR paper “Trip Mod...

The ZIPAR Quarterly: Issue 9

The cover story is on the widely debated re-establishment of a national airline. The former national airline graced the skies for the last time more than two decades ago before it was grounded due to various reasons among them financial mismanagem...

Border Economies: Linkages to the Development of Trade Corridors and Regional Value Chains in SADC

Land borders in the SADC region are critical zones for unlocking economic development, regional value chains and trade. It is at the borders that many issues related to regional integration intersect. In this light, this paper examines two case s...

Border Economies: Bottlenecks or Growth Zones?

Land borders in the SADC region are critical zones for unlocking economic development, regional value chains and trade. The Beitbridge and Chirundu border posts represent important links in the North–South Corridor and are vital in both regional...

Transport Infrastructure in Central and Northern Mozambique: The Impact of Foreign Investment on National Development and Regional Integration

"Numerous major projects are underway or in the pipeline in the energy and mining sectors in central and northern Mozambique, but transport infrastructure is inadequate. As a result, foreign companies themselves have begun to upgrade public road...

The ZIPAR Quarterly Issue 1

"This quarterly newsletter takes a look at tax evasion still being a challenge in Zambia, enhancing export performance in Zambia and innovative ways of bridging the financial gap for the poor. The cover story "Lusaka needs Public Transport Reform...

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