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The COMESA Court of Justice: Regional agreements do protect private parties

The COMESA Court of Justice: Regional agreements do protect private parties

15 Oct 2013  Trade Briefs Publications
States are the parties to international agreements; only they derive rights from such agreements and only they can litigate before international courts when violations occur. Natur...
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A closer look at India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) trade

A closer look at India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) trade

11 Sep 2013  Trade Briefs Publications
In June 2003, the foreign ministers of India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) met in Brasilia to discuss forging closer ties between their nations. It was at this meeting that the I...
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Reconstructing regional integration in Africa? A briefing paper on the UNCTAD 2013 Economic Development in Africa Report

Reconstructing regional integration in Africa? A briefing paper on the UNCTAD 2013 Economic Development in Africa Report

11 Sep 2013  Trade Briefs Publications
During July 2013, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released its new edition of the annual Economic Development in Africa Report. The focus in this sp...
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Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook 2012

Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook 2012

11 Sep 2013  Books Publications
The Monitoring Regional Integration Yearbook has become a household name in the SADC region, when it comes to monitoring the progress or non-progress of integration within the...
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Good governance and the management of natural resource endowments

Good governance and the management of natural resource endowments

04 Sep 2013  Trade Briefs Publications
The importance of good governance for regional integration arrangements is a constant theme in tralac writings. We consider respect for the rule of law and the availability of soun...
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tralac Policy Brief: A new tribunal for SADC, but with limited jurisdiction and fewer powers

tralac Policy Brief: A new tribunal for SADC, but with limited jurisdiction and fewer powers

28 Aug 2013  Trade Briefs Publications
At the recent SADC Summit for Heads of State and Government, which took place from 17 to 18 August 2013, in Lilongwe, Malawi, an important decision on the future of the SADC Tribun...
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BRICS: South Africa’s Way Ahead?

BRICS: South Africa’s Way Ahead?

28 Aug 2013  Books Publications
The accession of South Africa into the ‘BRICS’ formation has attracted wide attention internationally. Some welcomed the step while others questioned it. A closer look at BRICS...
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The IBSA Dialogue Forum ten years on: Examining IBSA cooperation on trade

The IBSA Dialogue Forum ten years on: Examining IBSA cooperation on trade

27 Aug 2013  Trade Briefs Publications
In recent years there has been much discussion in the global media and in trade policy circles about the rise of emerging economies and the impact this phenomenon is having on the ...
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tralac Policy Brief: The Review of the SADC RISDP Matters

tralac Policy Brief: The Review of the SADC RISDP Matters

14 Aug 2013  Trade Briefs Publications
The increasing prominence and complexity of global value chains and the associated production, investment and trade relations have prompted new approaches to economic governance. C...
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Policy space in South Africa’s non-agricultural imports

Policy space in South Africa’s non-agricultural imports

17 Jul 2013  Trade Briefs Publications
The objective of this paper is to assess the policy space available to South Africa to raise non-agricultural tariffs in order to provide some protection for the domestic manufactu...
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Mozambique investment regime

Mozambique investment regime

10 Jul 2013  Trade Reports Publications
Mozambique is one of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) members experiencing a steady economic growth in the region. Macroeconomic policy is deemed sound and the Gro...
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Special economic zones and regional integration in Africa

Special economic zones and regional integration in Africa

10 Jul 2013  Trade Reports Publications
One of the most prominent features of the global trading landscape in recent years has been the worldwide proliferation of bilateral and regional trade agreements. Africa is no exc...
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A retrospective briefing on the Industrial Policy Action Plan for South Africa: IPAP 2013/14 - 2015/16 (IPAP5)

A retrospective briefing on the Industrial Policy Action Plan for South Africa: IPAP 2013/14 - 2015/16 (IPAP5)

03 Jul 2013  Trade Briefs Publications
During April 2013, South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released the fifth iteration of the Industrial Policy Action Plan. In the Minister of Trade and Industry...
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An analysis of Africa’s export performance and export similarity for select countries within the Tripartite Free Trade Area market

An analysis of Africa’s export performance and export similarity for select countries within the Tripartite Free Trade Area market

03 Jul 2013  Trade Briefs Publications
This study discusses the issue of Africa’s export performance and, more specifically, focuses on export competition for South Africa and Kenya in the envisaged COMESA-EAC-SADC Tr...
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A new approach to a regional Free Trade Agreement in east Africa: ‘willing participants’

A new approach to a regional Free Trade Agreement in east Africa: ‘willing participants’

26 Jun 2013  Trade Reports Publications
Earlier tralac research (Sandrey et al., 2011) explored the economic background to the so-called Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the Common Market for Eastern and Sou...
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Redirecting the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement negotiations?

Redirecting the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement negotiations?

26 Jun 2013  Trade Briefs Publications
At the first summit of the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (T-FTA) states in October 2008 in Kampala, certain decisions were adopted on how to launch and undertake the process of e...
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An analysis of the SADC Free Trade Area

An analysis of the SADC Free Trade Area

19 Jun 2013  Trade Briefs Publications
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been entering into force over a period of time. It was originally set to become fully operational b...
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Deriving value from the Global Value Chain (GVC) concept: an approach to regional industrial policies

Deriving value from the Global Value Chain (GVC) concept: an approach to regional industrial policies

12 Jun 2013  Trade Reports Publications
The need for sustainable structural transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is universally accepted and has more recently been reinforced by several international organisations,...
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South Africa’s National Development Plan and its implications for regional development

South Africa’s National Development Plan and its implications for regional development

12 Jun 2013  Trade Reports Publications
In 2012/2013, the African National Congress and South African Government adopted the National Development Plan (NDP) as its launchpad and blueprint for a future economic and socioe...
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Trade and regional integration in South Africa’s National Development Plan

Trade and regional integration in South Africa’s National Development Plan

12 Jun 2013  Trade Briefs Publications
The serious observer of the South African economic policy scene cannot help but notice the multitude of official policy documents and strategies that appeared in recent years. Ther...
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