Economic development

Chinese Investors in Ethiopia: The Perfect Match?

Published: 2017
The paper's objective is to examine why and how Chinese investments have developed in Ethiopia and how this impacted on the country. In particular, it seeks to assess whether Ethiopia is a case of a win-win partnership, focusing in particular on the potential contribution of SEZs. The paper starts out by explaining the context of the Sino-Ethiopian economic partnership, then moves on to...

Informal Taxation in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone: Taxpayers’ Experiences and Perceptions

Citizens often pay a range of ‘taxes’ that differ substantially from statutory policies, in low-income and post-conflict countries and particularly in rural areas. These ‘informal taxes’, paid to a variety of state and non-state actors, are frequently overlooked in analyses of local systems of taxation. This problematic situation leads to misunderstandings of individual and household tax burdens...

Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in Africa – Part 2: A Critique of Some Priority OECD Actions from an African Perspective

Three of the highest priority actions were identified in this paper, which have the greatest BEPS impact for African economies. These are: Action 4, which deals with limiting base erosion via interest deductions and other financial payments; Action 6, which deals with preventing treaty abuse; and Action 7, which discussed the prevention of the artificial avoidance of permanent establishment...

Relations between Morocco and Sub Saharan Africa: What is the Potential for Trade and Foreign Direct Investment? / Relations Entre le Maroc et l’Afrique Sub Saharienne : Quels Potentiels pour le Commerce et les Investissements Directs étrangers ?

Published: 2017
Central banks of large advanced and many emerging market economies have recently gone through a period of extraordinary expansion of balance sheets and are all now possibly facing a transition to less abnormal times. However, the fact that one group is comprised by global reserve issuers and the other by bystanders receiving impacts of the former’s policies carries substantively different...

Morocco Brazil Economic Relations: Current Situation and Strategies for a Deeper Relationship

The bilateral trade between Brazil and Morocco is associated with the agricultural productive chain. This has a significant part that is involved with the export of agricultural raw materials by Morocco and the export of food products by Brazil. Intra-industry trade is not very expressive in bilateral trade between the two countries. The analysis developed in this paper, led to the identification...

Increasing Employment Opportunities : Navigating Africa’s Complex Job Market

Chapter 2 of the Foresight Africa 2017 report, explores six overarching themes that provide opportunities for Africa to overcome its obstacles and spur inclusive growth. The themes are as follows: The tipping point: The youth bulge and the sub-Saharan African labor market. This article discusses the demographic dividend that has been touted as a potential source of growth for the African...

Perspectives and Emerging Issues of Uganda’s External Development Finance Landscape

Uganda has, during the past 15 years, witnessed a significant change in the mode and form of external development finance (EDF) that it received. Traditionally, Uganda has largely sourced its EDF from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC) and from multilateral development institutions. On the other hand, landscape in an environment...

Changing Structure of Africa's Economies

"In recent years, some counties in Africa south of the Sahara (SSA) have experienced growth in their economies and improvements in living standards. Although there is some debate, it is clear that the share of the population living below the poverty line fell significantly over the past decade and a half; there has been a general decline in infant mortality rates and increased access to...

Own Ways of Doing: National Pride, Power and China's Political Calculus in Ethiopia

"Contrary to the predominant perception of all of China’s key partners in Africa being either resource rich or economic powerhouses, Ethiopia is neither. Its strategic position within the Horn of Africa and its stable and efficient – although coercive – government, coupled with the concentration of regional institutions in Addis Ababa, have gradually turned Ethiopia into one of the main...

The Impact of Large Scale Mining on the Livelihoods of Adjacent Communities : The Case of Geita Gold Mine, Tanzania

The contribution of Geita Gold Mine (GGM) to the livelihoods of local communities in Geita District was assessed in this study. It specifically assessed the effectiveness of corporate social responsibility implementation, determined the extent to which GGM has contributed to socio-economic development in the study area, and examined the communities’ perceptions of environmental problems...

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