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Lessons from Taiwan: Skills Development, Trade and SMEs

"In the paper Role of Education in Taiwan's Economic Development: Lessons for South Africa a brief account of Taiwan's education systems under the Japanese occupation, and in the period between 1945-2000 is given. Educational reforms are described...

RECs in Eastern and Southern Africa: Attractive Aspects for Zimbabwe

'There are four Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Eastern and Southern Africa - the East African Economic Community (EAC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the ...

Competition and Trade Policy: The case of the Botswana poultry industry

"The poultry sector is the most successful example of import substitution in Botswana with the country having achieved national self sufficiency. This paper describes the value chain in the industry and shows how, given the small size of the marke...

South African Trade Policy and the Future Global Trading Environment

"This paper puts forward a strategic view of what South African trade policy should be doing in relation to the future global trading environment. The future is uncertain, but if the past is prologue, South African trade policy needs to be positi...

Trade Policy, Economic Performance and Poverty in Uganda

"Uganda has been one of the most successful African examples of economic liberalisation in the 1990s. Growth performance has been impressive and evidence from successive household surveys indicates that poverty reduced during the 1990s which is pa...

Applying the Strategic Relational Approach to African States: A Case of Mauritius and Trade Policymaking

"The perspective of African states in crisis, together with the examination of African states as neopatrimonial, has been inadequate in providing a useful lens for examining trade policymaking in Africa. The paper considers African states as struc...

Economic Policies in G-20 and African Countries during the Global Financial Crisis Who’s the Apprentice, Who’s the Master?

"This paper finds that G-20 countries have responded through fast and large bailouts, historically large fiscal stimuli and accommodative monetary policies. It seems that African countries could learn from this, and in part they should indeed do s...

Monetary Harmonization in Southern Africa

"As interest in the formation of a monetary union in the region grows, naturally questions are being asked about the conditions under which a monetary union would be desirable and viable, the desirable form and extent of such a monetary union, t...

Productivity Growth in Nigerian Manufacturing and its Correlation to Trade Policy Regimes/Indexes (1962–1985)

"While the centrality of productivity enhancement to growth acceleration is one issue around which broad consensus exists in theory and empiricism, the role of trade policy in fostering productivity growth has received only modest attention. This ...

Price, Exchange Rate Volatility and Nigeria’s Agricultural Trade Flows: A Dynamic Analysis

"The overall objective of the study is to determine empirically the dynamic effects of exchange rate fluctuations on Nigerian agricultural export markets and to examine the relevance of exchange rate risk in agricultural trade flows. Specifically...

South Africa's Trade Policy: Regional Perspectives for Global Success

"South African regional trade and development policy is at a critical juncture in its unique history. Having broken from its apartheid past, South Africa is moving slowly towards charting new public policy. Trade policy is one facet set to under...

The Global Financial Crisis: Implications for Africa

"This eleventh seminar was notable for looking in detail at the impact of the financial crisis on growth and the real sectors, the financial systems of Africa, macroeconomic policies, and trade policy options. It also combined Africa-focussed with...

The Impact of China’s Trade Relations in Africa: The Case of the Republic of Congo

"Trade between Congo and China has registered a considerable increase over the last few years. China, within a period of five years has become Congo’s premier partner in oil and timber exports. Congolese trade with this country has been a key fac...

From Inspiration to Implementation: Challenges facing South Africa

The birth of the new South Africa brought hope not only for South Africans, but also for sub-Saharan Africa. South Africa is committed to reconciliation and creating a more equal society. While much has been done on the political front to dismant...

What future for the WTO in a changing International order?

In and around the World Trade Organization (WTO), a pea-soup fog of details and techniques obscures a wider view, a strategic sense of how the international trading system is poised and where it is heading. The cross-border integration of markets ...

The Impact of Economic Partnership Agreements between ECOWAS and the EU on Niger

The aim of this study was to assess the economic impact on Niger of the trade component of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the European Union. The study used a partial e...

Policy Strategies Needed to Promote Permanent Agricultural Recovery and Productivity Growth in the SADC Region

The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) hosted its second high level policy dialogue at the Shandrani Hotel, Mauritius, 28 - 30 March 2004. The objectives of the meeting were to enable senior policy advisors...

Globalization, Trade and Poverty in Ghana

"This volume is one response to the challenge posed by the paucity of recent empirical evidence on the poverty and distributional impacts of trade policy reform in Ghana. The main objective of this volume is to contribute to our understanding of t...

Understanding the Total Factor Productivity Shortfall in Sub-Saharan Africa

"Some argue that Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is unique and the fundamental policies and institutions that govern income or productivity variation across countries do not explain the total factor productivity (TFP) shortfall within SSA. This study put...

Agricultural Trade and Food Security

The second United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG2) includes the goal to: “End hunger and achieve food security and improved nutrition” by 2030. While such an ambitious goal will clearly involve a wide range of policies and actors, this ...

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