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State of South Africa’s import trade in textiles and clothing

State of South Africa’s import trade in textiles and clothing

19 May 2016  Trade Briefs Publications
Despite increased global competition, the textile and clothing (T&C) industry is a very strategic sector for Southern Africa that has significant forward and backward linkages ...
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UNECA launches Transformative Industrial Policy for Africa

UNECA launches Transformative Industrial Policy for Africa

05 May 2016  Trade Briefs Publications
In April 2016, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa launched “Transformative Industrial Policy for Africa”, a Special Report authored by University of Cambridge de...
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Chinese imports from Africa: the impact of the recent commodity price declines

Chinese imports from Africa: the impact of the recent commodity price declines

05 May 2016  Trade Reports Publications
The objective for this paper is to examine Chinese imports from Africa during 2015 and assess the extent to which falling global commodity prices have contributed to changes over m...
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Analysing South Africa’s 2011-15 Depreciation: Trade, Sectoral and General Economic Consequences

Analysing South Africa’s 2011-15 Depreciation: Trade, Sectoral and General Economic Consequences

05 May 2016  Trade Reports Publications
The South African Rand experienced an almost continual state of depreciation over the period 2011-2015, culminating in a massive risk premium shock to the currency, and an accelera...
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The textile and clothing trade in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS)

The textile and clothing trade in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS)

29 Apr 2016  Trade Briefs Publications
Outside of South Africa there is little traditional manufacturing capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa that is able to make an impact in global export markets. Perhaps the only sector th...
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Transport costs reforms in SADC: where are we and where are we going?

Transport costs reforms in SADC: where are we and where are we going?

06 Apr 2016  Trade Briefs Publications
Logistics is important, both in its own right and as a factor that facilitates trade and development. The most recent South African Logistics Survey (CSIR, 2014) found that th...
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Towards a Continental Free Trade Area: Analysis of the status of the regional trade regimes

Towards a Continental Free Trade Area: Analysis of the status of the regional trade regimes

24 Mar 2016  Trade Reports Publications
In June 2015, the African Union (AU) Summit adopted the negotiating guidelines and roadmap for the creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) by 2017. The move towa...
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Export trends in Africa – an analysis of South Africa’s manufactured exports to Africa

Export trends in Africa – an analysis of South Africa’s manufactured exports to Africa

16 Mar 2016  Trade Reports Publications
As the process of regional integration continues with countries in Africa now committed to establish a continental free trade area (CFTA), it is in South Africa’s interest to ens...
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Pro-competitive services sector regulation: a possible direction for the AU CFTA Agreement?

Pro-competitive services sector regulation: a possible direction for the AU CFTA Agreement?

09 Mar 2016  Trade Reports Publications
The African Economic Community (AEC) was established by the Abuja Treaty (1991) as an integral part of the African Union (AU). One of its objectives is to promote economic, so...
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Revised RISDP: A New Growth Path for SADC’s Industrial Development?

Revised RISDP: A New Growth Path for SADC’s Industrial Development?

02 Mar 2016  Trade Briefs Publications
In April 2015, the Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) adopted the Revised Regional Indicative Strategi...
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Critical Issues in the Negotiations of the Continental Free Trade Area

Critical Issues in the Negotiations of the Continental Free Trade Area

02 Mar 2016  Trade Reports Publications
On 15 June 2015, the African Union Assembly launched the negotiations to establish the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) by 2017. Experience of existing Free Trade Areas (FTAs)&nb...
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South Africa’s recent trade performance

South Africa’s recent trade performance

10 Feb 2016  Trade Reports Publications
With a GDP (PPP) of over US$ 707 billion South Africa is currently the second largest economy in Africa after being surpassed by Nigeria in recent years. The country is considered ...
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South Africa and AGOA: Recent developments 2015-2016 and possible suspension

South Africa and AGOA: Recent developments 2015-2016 and possible suspension

10 Feb 2016  Trade Reports Publications
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) has received much publicity and attention over the past year in particular, for two main reasons: (a) the legislation was set to expir...
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The AGOA Saga in a Trade Governance Context

The AGOA Saga in a Trade Governance Context

10 Feb 2016  Trade Reports Publications
The facts pertaining to the recent difficulties between the United States and South Africa about the latter’s continued enjoyment of the trade preferences of the African Growth a...
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Trade diversion and trade creation effects of economic integration: Illustration of an Excel based tariff simulation of Zambia entering a hypothetical Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with South Africa

Trade diversion and trade creation effects of economic integration: Illustration of an Excel based tariff simulation of Zambia entering a hypothetical Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with South Africa

03 Feb 2016  Trade Reports Publications
The aim of this paper is to illustrate an Excel spreadsheet* simulation that can be used to determine the trade creation and trade diversion effects of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA)...
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Mercosur and Africa: the trading relationships

Mercosur and Africa: the trading relationships

03 Feb 2016  Trade Reports Publications
A decade ago the news that the four South American countries of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay that make up the core group of Mercosur (in Spanish, Mercado Común del Sur)...
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The Agriculture Negotiations at the World Trade Organization: An update after the Nairobi Ministerial Conference

The Agriculture Negotiations at the World Trade Organization: An update after the Nairobi Ministerial Conference

03 Feb 2016  Trade Briefs Publications
The Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) was the outcome of the Uruguay round of multilateral trade negotiations (1986-1994). The objective of the AoA was to remove agricultural trade di...
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Regional Food Security Situation Tight as Grain Shortage Hits Parts of the SADC Region

Regional Food Security Situation Tight as Grain Shortage Hits Parts of the SADC Region

03 Feb 2016  Trade Briefs Publications
As effects of climate change worsen, droughts have become more frequent and severe in southern Africa. Combined with this year’s strongest ever recorded El Niño phenomenon – t...
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The Use and Potential of Export Taxes for Africa: an Introductory Analysis

The Use and Potential of Export Taxes for Africa: an Introductory Analysis

27 Jan 2016  Trade Reports Publications
Export taxes have been used as long as international trade has taken place, both as a generator of revenue and also for strategic reasons. However, despite the unambiguously negati...
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No Longer the Centre of Attention: What the 2016 WEF meeting in Davos tells us about the issues facing Africa

No Longer the Centre of Attention: What the 2016 WEF meeting in Davos tells us about the issues facing Africa

27 Jan 2016  Trade Briefs Publications
The World Economic Forum (WEF), held in Davos Switzerland every year since 1971, is a gathering of (most of) the most important decision makers in business and government. Even tho...
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