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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...

AGOA, Africa and Agriculture: South Africa's Experience

"It is generally agreed that African exports of agricultural goods are well below potential and that the continent would gain significantly from the liberalisation of world agricultural markets. This paper aims to uncover some of the truths and un...

South-South Economic Co-operation: The India-Brazil-South Africa Case

"This report is aimed at identifying barriers to trade and investment flows among India, Brazil, and SA - the IBSA countries - and finding ways in which these can be reduced or eliminated This report comprises six sections. Section 1 creates a con...

Malawi and the Regional Overlap Problem: Trade Policy Options

'In 2008 COMESA is supposed to graduate from being a free trade area to being a customs union. Whether this will be possible, is doubtful. One of the problems that could impede the formation of the customs union is the fact that some members of CO...

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 ...

Botswana's Enabling Environment for Economic Diversification: Plugging the Holes

"Botswana’s enabling environment for investment was assessed in a Report prepared by BIDPA and World Bank entitled “Diversifying Botswana’s Exports: An Overview” (2005). This Policy Brief presents the main findings of that assessment. It focuses o...

Abundant Resource Endowment: A Basis for Successful Economic Diversification

"This policy brief discusses the reasons for pessimism in resource-based economic development, resulting in failure to achieve economic diversification and sustainable economic growth. It then looks at why resource abundance can support successful...

Rhodesia - May 1968

The article speaks about how "economic and financial sanctions have failed and that Rhodesia is hacking out its own solution to its constitutional problems." It looks at how "the initial guerrilla attacks have failed and have brought military and ...

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 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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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