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The European Union and South Africa: Reaching Agreement?

"South Africa's ongoing negotiations with the European Union (EU) for a Trade, Development and Co-operation Agreement have evoked immense interest, not only in Europe and Southern Africa, but also further afield, and at a level unprecedented for any…

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 COME…

Foreign Investment in the SADC

"This paper explores some of the key issues related to FDI in Southern Africa. It takes a look at comparative patterns and trends of investment flows in developing regions (including the SADC). In addition, an account of the institutional and regula…

Unconstitutional Changes of Government in Africa: An Assessment of the Relevance of the Constitutive Act of the African Union

"The Constitutive Act of the African Union marks a new era in institution-building in post-colonial Africa. It is conceived as an aspect of Africa’s response to the challenges of globalisation and regional integration. The Constitutive Act, amended …

The 2nd Meeting of the China Africa Think Tanks Forum, October 12-13, 2012, Bishoftu, Ethiopia

This report covers the second meeting of the China-Africa Think Tanks Forum and includes background information on the founders as well as the host organization. A summary of the papers presented at the 4 breakaway sessions are included. Breakaway s…

Migration in Southern Africa Migration Management Initiatives for SADC Member states

"As an overview, this paper highlights the migration situation in Southern Africa without delving into details that appear in the growing body of literature on the subject. It examines voluntary and forced international migration against the backdr…

Report of the Pan African Parliament Seminar on the Harmonisation of Regional Economic Communities and Regional Parliamentary Assemblies

"Regional integration in Africa has its roots in the Pan-Africanist Movement that propelled decolonisation from the late 1950s onwards. Yet despite the vision, Africa has still not achieved desired levels of continental unity. Organisationally, the…

Proceedings of the 2009 FOPRISA Annual Conference

"This is the eighth and last of the FOPRISA research reports between the Norwegian MFA and BIDPA. The papers discuss the political and economic dimensions of regional cooperation and integration, and the monitoring of SADC. The papers in this volume…

Botswana's Position Paper on Strategies for Poverty Alleviation Bringing the Regional Dimension of Economic Integration as a Strategy for Poverty Alleviation

"Poverty Reduction has been one of the strategies for Botswana's development since the country became independent in 1966. This paper reviews the empirical evidence on nature, extent and causes of poverty and its dynamics over time. It reviews and a…

Furthering Southern African Integration: Proceedings of the 2008 FOPRISA Annual Conference

"This is the third collection of papers under the FOPRISA conference proceedings series. The papers included here are a general discussion about regional cooperation and integration; monitoring Southern African cooperation and integration and the re…

Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (II) : Southern Africa

"The gridlock in SADC’s peace and security architecture is related more to political will than merely structural and resource capacity. Member states have exhibited a desire to preserve their right to manage internal political processes and only op…

After the Promises: Re-thinking UK Policy in Africa

"Coalition government in the UK is an opportunity to revise policy on Africa. More aid is touted as proof of politicians’ compassion and conscience. But an emerging cross-party consensus has ignored significant policy failures. Democracy, trade, tec…

An Empirical Evaluation of Trade Potential in the Economic Community of West African States

"Specifically, it is the aim of this study to: Determine the period within which integration effects were first felt or noticed. Estimate trade potentials among ECOWAS member nations. Test for the gaps between potential and actual trade among member…

Geneva WTO Trade Negotiation Seminar Papers

"A workshop washeld in Geneva on March 9, 2000 for African representatives to the WTO, to present some of the country studies along with some thematic overviews.This volume represents some of the material presented at that workshop. It covers trade…

SADC organ: Up for reform

The Southern African Development Community is being restructured into a more cohesive instrument of regional consensus. This reform was mostly driven by Thabo Mbeki who wanted more stability for the region and in that regard trying to salvage the Zi…

Towards the Free Movement of People in Southern Africa

"The purpose of this paper is to seek to analyse the 1995 and 1997 protocols with a view to examine the feasibility of the free movement of people at this juncture of SADC's development. The paper also raises broader questions related to the issue …

The Role of Africa in the Global Economy: The Contribution of Regional Cooperation with Particular Reference to South Africa

"The paper discusses Africa's importance in the world economy. It asserts that Africa's importance has declined over the years. The decline coupled with extreme poverty in most of Africa calls for analysis of possible ways to reverse the negative t…

Deepening Integration in Botswana - a Benchmark for the Region

"The basic objective of the study, is to provide a broad stock-taking of the status of the policy frameworks of Botswana, especially with respect to the targets set out in the Memorandum of Understanding on Macroeconomic Stability and Convergence, w…

OSSREA Bulletin Vol 4 No 3

In this bulletin the following events were discussed : OSSREA’s Ninth Congress, the Stakeholders Workshop, OSSREA-IDRC and WARF Research Capacity Building Training Workshop, the Grant Awards and training Programmes. Feature articles include the foll…

NIIANEWS Newsletter of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs Vol 2 No 2, Apr - Jun 2006

Several issues are discussed in this edition under the following headings: International Conference on ECOWAS Milestones in Regional Integration. Inter Cultural and Inter Ethnic communication and effective conflict management in the 21st century Nig…

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