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South Africa’s Defence Industry Charting A New Course?

"The South African defence industry has evolved since its establishment in the 1960s. Once the generator of military equipment to the South African armed forces, today it is focused on the export market and engaging in international alliances to e...

Manufacturing Industry

"This Investment brief presents a simplified profile of the manufacturing industry in Zambia. The objective of the brief is to provide quick insights on the Zambian economy and the existing investment opportunities in the manufacturing sector. Zam...

Preliminary Observations Of The Impact Of The Global Financial Crisis On The Ghanaian Economy

"The global financial crisis that emanated from the United States is the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. This crisis started in late 2007 and intensified throughout 2008. From early 2008 onwards, the value of shares...

African Countries Should Control Their Economic Destiny And Not Mortgage It To Washington

"This Legislative Alert argues that neo-liberal “Washington Consensus (WC)” policies prescribed by the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) to African countries receiving their financial assistance that favor free markets and private enterprise over ...

The Effects of Exchange Rate Policy on Cameroon's Agricultural Competitiveness

"The paper analyses the effects of trade and exchange rate policies on Cameroon's agriculture. Theoretical models and formulas are developed for empirical analysis. The calculated relative prices and indexes estimates of the degree of over-valua...

The African Growth and Opportunity Act : A Preliminary Analysis of the Possible Opportunities and Limitations to Botswana Exporters

"The paper identifies products that have received substantial trade concessions as a result of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which would otherwise carry a tariff rate of 15% or more when exported to the USA. It explores Botswana's ...

Botswana's Trade Agreements: Potential Benefits from Non-SACU Bilateral and Multi-Lateral Agreements

"This Policy Brief discussed a very fundamental question for Botswana at this point of global trade changes, namely, "Are there actual and/or potential benefits from non SACU bilateral and multilateral trade agreements?" This Policy Brief will foc...

Glimpse of hope in West Africa: The experience of South African Firms doing business in Ghana

"Relations between Ghana and South Africa have improved and expanded greatly since 1994 in light of the political and economic transformations in both countries. Both investors and government officials in South Africa regard Ghana as a beacon of ...

BIDPA Briefing 3rd Quarter 1998

"The global economic turmoil of recent months has so far not had a major effect on the Botswana economy. Despite tumbling stock markets all over the world, and the fear of global economic recession, the Botswana economy is performing well, particu...

Supporting South African Exporters

"Aggregate exports are the result of the number of firms participating in the export market and the amount exported by each firm. Designing policies to increase total exports requires an understanding of the drivers of these two distinct processes...

China Africa Economic Relations : The Case of Namibia

"Although an in-depth analysis is needed to determine both direct and indirect impacts of the Chinese presence in Namibia, a cursory look at the direct costs shows that there are benefits to be realized from this interaction. It is, therefore, i...

AERC Scoping Studies on China-Africa Relations: A Research Report on Zimbabwe

"This paper seeks to explore Zimbabwe’s growing relationship with China. This will be done by giving a brief overview of the deepening political relations. The paper will then analyse economic and commercial ties between the two nations and the im...

Profiles and Determinants of Nigeria's Balance of Payments:The Current Account Component, 1950-88

"This study attempts to do the following: Profile the key components of Nigeria's balance of payments covering the period 1950-1988; Develop relevant variants of export and import models of Nigeria's balance of payments; Estimate the parameters o...

China-Africa Economic Relations: The Case of Cameroon

"Increased economic cooperation with China carries huge potential advantages,but equally some risk and challenges. Cameroon needs to know what they are gaining and losing from the relationship with China, so as to devise a strategy to increase t...

AERC Scoping Studies on China Africa Economic Relations : The Case of The Gambia

"The relationship between The Gambia and Taiwan has been cordial and multifaceted, since the resumption of diplomatic relations in 1995. It is based on shared common understanding and mutual respect. These have been shaping the relations of the ...

David V. Goliath: Mauritius facing up to China

"This study draws on several data sources to provide a comprehensive analysis of China’s effects on the Mauritian economy through trade, FDI and aid. Moreover, also addressed is an issue that has not been of much concern for SSA so far but that do...

Kenana: A Largescale Sugar Project in the Sudan An Economic Evaluation Commercial and Social Appraisal of the Kenana Sugar Project

"Kenana, on the other hand, possibly the world's largest sugar project, is aimed essentially at export markets and both ownership and management have been organised along different lines. The estate consists of 84,078 acres and the factory is desi...

The Effects of the Global Financial Crisis on Exports in Least Developed Countries

"This study tries to shed some light on the actual and possible effects of the GFC on trade in LDCs, specifically focusing on the 32 states that make up the World Trade Organization’s LDC Group. The analysis is particularly important for sub-Sahar...

Identifying export opportunities for SACU in the US Market

"Negotiations between SACU and the US, to conclude a free trade agreement, have been stalled owing to substantive differences between the two sides on a broad range of issues. This report examines the goods market access dimension from the stan...

Key Issues in the Textile and Clothing Sector in Botswana

'The paper considers the performance of the textile and clothing sector in Botswana, and reviews various national and international incentive schemes aimed at developing textile and clothing exports. The analysis shows that the policies and prefer...

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