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Effects of Regional Trade Agreements on Strategic Agricultural Trade in Africa and its Implications to Food Security: Evidence from Gravity Model Estimation

"The problems of African agricultural development have been at the forefront of the debate on Africa’s development since the Lagos Plan of Action in 1963. During the 2004 AU meeting in Sirte, Libya and subsequently in the 2006 AU/NEPAD Summit on F...

Development Policy Option for Africa in the Context of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreements

"In this paper, we provide a brief summary of the emerging challenges for African development options and the implications of the emerging external environment for these options. In Section 2, we discuss the background of the African development ...

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 sta...

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...

Enabling African Businesses to Transform the Continent

"Africa needs a strong, modern, competitive, innovative and dynamic private sector to drive economic growth and sustainable development. The success of efforts to lift millions out of poverty and improve the lives of all Africans as envisioned by...

The Regional Integration of Public Goods

"The Political Economy of Regional Integration in Southern Africa (PERISA) project highlights the ongoing successful areas of trade integration, and examines the reasons for their success. It identifies the actors involved in driving co-operation...

Mega-regional Trade Agreements and South Africa's Trade Strategy: Implications for the Tripartite Free Trade Area Negotiations

This paper assesses the mega-regional trade agreements and their implications for South Africa. These mega-regionals are engaged in negotiations and little real information on this negotiation process is available. Assessing the final implications...

Plurilateral Trade Agreements and the Impact on LDC's - to Participate or not to Participate?

Plurilateral trade agreements (PTAs) are voluntary agreements of a sectoral nature that are entered into by more than two WTO member states. The WTO membership is to be notified of PTAs when signatories decide to formally incorporate a PTA into t...

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