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Eyes on the Prize: South African Business in the DRC

"The following Policy Insight provides a brief overview of some of the major South African and Congolese economic relations, trade and private investment in the post-conflict era of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It provides a snapshot of …

Region-building and Regional Integration in Africa

The following policy recommendations emerged from the Cape Town policy research seminar: Africa should rationalize the proliferation of regional economic communities on the continent. African governments should create dedicated ministries of economi…

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…

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…

Africa after COVID-19 and the Retreat of Globalism

COVID-19’s spread to all corners of the world has left no society untouched. Its longer-term impact is likely to be felt in communities, politics and economics. COVID-19 illustrates the need for greater international cooperation, just as many countr…

Within the EAC, which Countries stand to Benefit from the Implementation of the AfCFTA

The brief provides evidence on the likely trade, welfare and revenue effects of the AfCFTA on the EAC economies. Generally, all the EAC countries incur tariff revenue losses. Kenya incurs the most extensive tariff revenue loss followed by Uganda, Ta…

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