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Brexit: Lessons for Regionalism in Africa

Many European Union (EU) member states and their citizens were shocked by the Brexit outcome, forcing them to re-evaluate the costs and benefits of EU membership. This policy brief addresses the factors that led to the referendum decision and quest…

Chinese Investors in Ethiopia: The Perfect Match?

The paper's objective is to examine why and how Chinese investments have developed in Ethiopia and how this impacted on the country. In particular, it seeks to assess whether Ethiopia is a case of a win-win partnership, focusing in particular on the…

L'intégration économique en Afrique: un Processus en cours / Economic Integration in Africa: an Ongoing Process

Throughout the world, regional economic integration is accelerating growth and brings a range of benefits linked to improved political cooperation, increased intra-regional trade and job creation. Regions that are more integrated have demonstrated g…

Rethinking the Mediterranean Strategic Agenda in an Evolving Environment

The initiation of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership had the aim to build a space of shared prosperity and security among all the countries in the region. The objective's achievement, however, continues to be challenged by several geopolitical, econ…

The South African Defence Review of 2012: Problems, Progress and Prospects

In July 2011, an independent committee was appointed by the South African Minister of Defence, Lindiwe Sisulu, to undertake a review and update of national defence policy in compliance with the requirements of a Defence White Paper issued in 1996. …

The Eagle and the Springbok: Strengthening the Nigeria / South Africa Relationship

Nigeria and South Africa have led economic integration and development, as well as peacekeeping and peace-building efforts, in their respective sub-regions and in other parts of Africa. Their partnership represents the continent’s potentially most s…

South Africa in Southern Africa

South Africa accounts for about 80 percent of the economy of the 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) and about 20 percent of its population. However, the adoption by Tshwane of a legitimate leadership role within SADC should be …

Navigating the US Congressional Process of Reauthorising AGOA

"The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which provides eligible African countries with duty-free access to the US market, is scheduled to expire on 30 September 2015. While some believe reauthorisation will be resolved at the US–Africa Le…

RECs in Eastern and Southern Africa: Attractive Aspects for Zimbabwe

'There are four Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Eastern and Southern Africa - the East African Economic Community (EAC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the So…

Conflict Trends Issue 1 2013

"The Evolving Mediation Capacity of the Southern African Development Community' outlines the progress that SADC has made in its capacity to respond to political conflicts in the Southern African region through mediation. In ‘Political Deadlock in Li…

The Evolution of Organised Crime in Africa Towards a New Response

"This paper attempts to better understand the drivers behind the growth of organised crime in Africa by examining its evolution over time. It finds that organised crime is inextricably linked to the development and changing nature of the African st…

Influence of the Fiscal System on Income Distribution in Regions and Small Areas: Microsimulated CGE Model for Côte d'Ivoire

"The objective of this paper is to examine how a small open economy such as Côte d’Ivoire (CI) can obtain growth-based internal tax resources, and how the tax system affects households and individuals through relative prices. A microsimulated CGE mo…

Monitoring Economic Integration in SADC, 2005

"This report on monitoring economic integration in SADC marks the start of a series of annual reports, intended to assist the SADC secretariat by providing information on the progress of economic integration in the region, measured in the light of S…

Assessing the Institutional Framework for Promoting the Growth of MSE's in Tanzania : the Case of Dar Es Salaam

"This research paper examined the institutional framework for supporting MSEs. One of the important issues that was raised by the study is the need to develop social entrepreneurship in the country. The study shows that one of the needs of the MSE s…

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 5 No 2

In this bulletin the workshop for Dissemination of PRSP Books is highlighted. This discussion is followed by four feature articles entitled as follows: 1) Regional Economic Integration: The Key to Africa’s Development in the 21st Century 2)Export Di…

From the Cape to Cairo? The Potential of the Tripartite Free Trade Area

"This paper shows that there is a sound case for regional economic integration in the form of the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA). The three main countries involved in this project – Egypt, Kenya and South Africa – have a considerable regional tr…

Angolan refugees in Zambia: Reflecting on local integration as a sustainable solution

"Local integration continues to be an important option in the basket of comprehensive strategies to achieve long-term solutions to refugee crises, particularly those caused by protracted conflicts. While many refugees may voluntarily repatriate to …

Regional Integration and Trade in Africa: Augmented Gravity Model Approach

"Despite the existence of many regional economic communities (RECs) in Africa, intra-regional trade remains staggeringly low compared to other trading blocs in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Hence this study tries to uncover the main factors behind…

Keys to Success for the AfCFTA Negotiations

The ratification of the AfCFTA presents a real milestone for African unity. Whether it will go beyond symbolism, however, depends in part on the depth and scope of the provisions and commitments currently being negotiated. The negotiation outcomes, …

A New Approach for the UN to Stabilise the DR Congo

The Security Council is seeking new ways to stabilise the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with an eye to drawing down the long-running UN peace operation there. In parallel, Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi wants to strike a new security agr…

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