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To Liberalise or not to liberalise? A review of the South African Government's trade policy

"Trade policy is a central feature of the South African government's economic policy. In the early years of the transition to democratic rule it was widely debated. This debate receded recently, but is returning to centre stage as government's tra...

Developing country coalitions in multilateral trade negotiations: Aligning the majors?

"This paper focuses on coalition building by developing countries, which is a key indicator of their overall capacity and effectiveness in the WTO. The issue is examined in the context of national trade policies and trade negotiations on other t...

Cumulative Costs of Trade Protection in the South African Economy

"Trade protection appears to be a politically attractive policy tool because of a certain degree of asymmetric information in society: most voters appreciate the immediate gains for the protected industries and underestimate the costs for the econ...

Prospects for Export Diversification in Botswana

"This study does not treat export diversification as an enclave issue that is somehow disconnected from the rest of the economy. For example, reform of Government monopolies in telecommunications and air travel is not a new issue. However, we pres...

South Africa and the GATT

"After years of political isolation from the multilateral trading system, South Africa is now being required not only to conform to the existing provisions of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), but also to sign on to the Uruguay R...

The Republic of South Sudan: Progress, Prospects and Challenges of Regional Integration

Belonging to one or more regional blocks is very popular in Africa as could be seen from the plethora of multiple membership of countries. South Sudan is no exception in such effort. The purpose of this research is to assess the extent to which th...

Productivity, Market Structure and Trade Liberalization in Nigeria

"This study investigates the relationship between trade liberalization and the market structure and productivity performance of the Nigerian manufacturing sector. The study also shows that foreign ownership has an important bearing on firm perfor...

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