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Nationalism with Chinese Characteristics: How Does it Affect the Competitiveness of South Africa's Mining Industry?

This briefing has shown that deep-pocketed Chinese companies, hungry for resources, may be willing to strike bargains with politically connected local opportunists such as Aurora or SOEs such as the IDC, whose mandate is stretched at best. If the I…

Women Entrepreneurship in Fresh Fruit and Vegetables (WEFFV) Project

"The production and marketing of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables (FFV) has become an important economic activity for women in Zimbabwe for their livelihoods, income earning and food security. This brief discusses the factors that affect women’s competiti…

Revealed Comparative Advantage in the Global Citrus Market and Implications for South Africa

The purpose of this paper is to examine the international competitiveness of the leading exporters in the global citrus market, namely, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, SA, Spain, T…

Competitiveness of ACP Sugar Exports in the Global Market

We employ the Normalized Revealed Comparative Advantage (NRCA) index on data for the period 1961-2013 to examine the competitiveness of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in the global sugar market. Results indicate that the majority…

Constraints on the Performance and Competitiveness of Tanzania's Manufacturing

This study sought to examine the main constraints to manufacturing export competitiveness in Tanzania. Using panel data for the period 1997–2018, the study established that supply-side factors dominate demand-side factors in explaining manufacturing…

Institutional Innovations and Barriers to Competitiveness: Case Studies of Smallholder Farmers in Tanzania

Tanzania’s policy path has been characterized by institutional reforms aimed at increasing efficiency and productivity in key sectors of the economy. This book examines the potential of various forms of institutional innovations in building competit…

Enhancing Competitiveness in the Leather Industry in Tanzania

In Africa, Tanzania is the second leading country after Ethiopia in terms of livestock population with reported statistics of 27.4 million head of cattle, 18.4 million head of goats, and 7.8 million head of sheep. Livestock activities account for 7.…

The Effects of Institutional Bottlenecks on Enterprise Development and Competitiveness in Productive Sectors in Tanzania

This policy brief flags areas of crucial policy concerns in the context of the prevailing legal and regulatory framework for enterprise development and competitiveness. It draws on analyses and findings from REPOA's Research Project on Institutional…

Trade, Productivity and Competitiveness

This policy brief aims at assessing the trade development and competitiveness of Tanzania by assessing the productivity of its firms against the background of further integration into the East African Community (EAC). The note addresses both the exp…

Enhancing Competitiveness of Seaweed Industry in Zanzibar

This policy brief analyses recent trends in seaweed production and trade in Tanzania. It aims to appraise contemporary understandings of market dynamics which are key to informing competitive trade policy practices as well as implementation of Zanzi…

Enhancing Competitiveness of Horticultural Industry in Tanzania

This policy brief analyzes recent trends in horticultural production and trade in Tanzania. It aims to appraise contemporary understandings of market dynamics which are key to informing competitive trade policy practices as well as implementation of…

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