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Modelling Trade Flows between Three Southern and Eastern African Regional Trade Agreement: A Case Study

The objectives of this study were to investigate the impact of three RTAs— EAC, COMESA and SADC—on trade flows. The results from the econometric modelling suggest in general that the African RTAs under study have not been performing up to expectatio…

Macroeconomic Policy and Trade Integration in Southern Africa: Industrial Strategy Project of the Development Policy Research Unit University of Cape Town: Regional Research Workshop 30-31 August 1999, Irene Country Lodge, Gauteng

"The underlying question in this paper is whether a SADC free trade area requires convergence in macroeconomic variables and policies in the member countries. This question applies both to the initial conditions for getting the free trade area start…

Can the African Continental Free Trade Area Offer a New Beginning for Trade in Africa?

On 21 March 2018, AU leaders met in Rwanda to finalise the signing of a new trade agreement creating the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The inauguration of the AfCFTA reflects a milestone for future continental unity, regional integra…

South Africa’s Economic Slowdown and Its Policy Options

The economic picture in South Africa is clear and well known: low economic growth, high unemployment rates, and constrained fiscal policy threatened by rating agencies. The causes of such situations are diverse and both internal and external. How ca…

Peace and Security Council Report No 115

The Peace and Security Council Report analyses developments and decisions at the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC). The first article titled “Defining AU–REC relations is still a work in progress” discusses The African Union (AU) and th…

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