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Other Facets no 30

‘Zimbabwe: Massacre, smuggling and KP dithering’ talks about how in January, the Kimberley process was urged by NGOs, industry representatives and some governments to deal with reports of an October 2008 massacre of artisanal diamond diggers by the …

Other Facets no 29

In ‘Venezuela Drops Out: The Withdrawal Method’ a large Kimberley Process delegation visited Venezuela to discuss the country’s continued participation in the Kimberley Process. Venezuela, a mid-size diamond producer, has recorded almost no diamond …

Other Facets no 28

In ‘Venezuela Saga Continues’ Venezuela has been a thorn in the side of the Kimberley Process – and the industry it seeks to protect – almost from the beginning. A charter member of the KP from 2003, Venezuela basically stopped reporting on diamond …

South African Trade Policy and the Future Global Trading Environment

"This paper puts forward a strategic view of what South African trade policy should be doing in relation to the future global trading environment. The future is uncertain, but if the past is prologue, South African trade policy needs to be position…

Trade Patterns in the SADC Region: Key Issues for the FTA

"This policy brief examines trade patterns in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) over the period 1980 to 1997. Perhaps the most notable conclusion about trade trends in the region is the rather disturbing lack of trend. Trade pattern…

What are the Critical Issues Arising from the SADC Trade Integration Process?

"There is a need for convergent bilateral and multilateral trading arrangements in SADC so as to avoid trade deflection and diversion as well as to ensure ease of administration. There is also a need to arrive at an appropriate institutional framew…

Other Facets no 27

In ‘Venezuela shames Kimberley; mocks vacillating committees’ the Venezuela “problem” began as a test of Kimberley Process resolve to be an effective regulatory system in the fight against conflict diamonds. It has unravelled into an embarrassment a…

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 preferen…

Trade Opportunities from the EU-ACP EPAs: Prospects for the flower sub-sector in Uganda

"With the signing of the EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) in 2009, the Government of Uganda as a member of the ACP, should endeavour to re-strategize itself to benefit from the opportunities such trading blocks create through increased …

Comparing the Performance of Uganda’s Intra-East African Community Trade and Other Trading Blocs: A Gravity Model Analysis

"This paper examines factors that determine Uganda’s trade flows and specifically compares the impact and performance of the different trade blocs on Uganda’s trade patterns and flows. The empirical question is whether Uganda’s trade is getting more…

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 design…

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, imp…

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 impa…

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 the…

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 tw…

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 does…

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 of …

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-Saharan…

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-valuati…

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 ex…

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