The Global Economic Governance (GEG) Africa programme is a policy research and stakeholder engagement programme to strengthen the influence of pro-poor African coalitions at global economic governance fora.

Borders in Southern Africa: Unlocking economic development opportunities

  • Location: Pretoria

On 10 July 2018 GEG Africa held a Development Dialogue Seminar in conjunction with Trade and Industrial Policies and Strategies (TIPS) in Pretoria, on Borders in Southern Africa: Unlocking economic development opportunities.

Land borders in the SADC region are critical zones for unlocking economic development, regional value chains and trade. In this light the Global Economic Governance Africa programme is working with the Zimbabwe Trade Forum and the University of Zambia to look at two case studies on the border regions around Beitbridge and Chirundu. The borders, between South Africa and Zimbabwe, and Zimbabwe and Zambia, represent critical links in the North-South Corridor and are vital in both regional development initiatives as well as bilateral ones between the countries.
The seminar, attended by trade experts, policy makers and researchers from South Africa and the region discussed the field research findings of a study at the Beitbridge and Chirundu border posts conducted on behalf of the programme in June 2018.

  document Download - GEG Africa Chirundu border economies case study (presentation) (1.28 MB)
  document Download - GEG Africa Beitbridge border economy case study (presentation) (2.86 MB)
  document Download - GEG Africa SADC Border Economies Overview (presentation) (407 KB)

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