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GEGAfrica Policy Briefing, August 2018
GEGAfrica Discussion Paper, July 2018
Monday, 30 July 2018 11:58

Kickstarting the SADC Regional Development Fund

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In August 2016, SADC member states signed an agreement to mobilise approximately $1 billion in seed funding to create the SADC Regional Development Fund, with infrastructure development being one of the fund’s four key categories of finance.
While the RDF has the potential to make the SADC region more self-sufficient when it comes to its infrastructure development plans and initiatives, we have seen how a number of obstacles might complicate the full operationalisation of the Fund. Governments must move beyond talk if they are to realise their vision of a more economically agile and trade-friendly region.
An assessment of SADC’s current infrastructure financing challenges is important in determining how the RDF can better support infrastructure development within the region.
All SADC governments recognise that infrastructure development is crucial for creating momentum in their economies, which will help to swell the number of sustainable jobs and alleviate poverty.
Ambitious plans have been formulated in recent years to put the African continent onto a more sustainable economic development path, with industrialisation as the focal point.
GEGAfrica Policy Briefing, July 2018  Download - English
The theme for this year’s 10th BRICS Summit is “BRICS in Africa: collaboration for inclusive growth and shared prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution”.
GEGAfrica Discussion Paper, April 2018
GEGAfrica Discussion Paper, January 2018
GEGAfrica Discussion Paper, November 2017
GEGAfrica Policy Briefing, October 2017
GEGAfrica Policy Briefing, August 2017
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 16:01

E-Commerce Country Case Study: South Africa

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Workshop: Making SACU Trade Better - The Role of a Regional Development Fund brought together various stakeholders from international and local spheres to discuss SACU trade.

  • Location Pretoria
The workshop brought together various international and domestic stakeholders to discuss the issues surrounding e-commerce in Africa.

  • Location Pretoria
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 191, June 2014 Download - English (135.04 kB) Published by SAIIA's Economic Diplomacy Programme
The recently held TICAD V that took place in Tokyo under the initiative of the government of Japan drew significant and diverse participation from 51 African countries, 35 other partner countries, and 74 international and regional organisations spanning Africa and Asia. This was a bilateral affair with a global reach as representatives of the United Nations, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, and the African Union Commission also graced the event.
Johannesburg — The lack of economic diversification throughout sub-Saharan Africa means that despite South Africa's pledges to help Nigeria make the automotive sector the West African nation's flagship industrial target, it may be difficult to do so, experts say.Earlier this month, South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies announced the initiative during a visit here by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.It is a move that is seen as an important milestone in inter-African industrial cooperation. However, Peter Draper, a research fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs, questioned whether this collaboration would develop into economic integration."The real question is whether such cooperation could ultimately evolve into meaningful, broader, economic integration rather than the network of mostly hollow shells that currently masquerade as free trade agreements," he told IPS."I think that Nigeria and the Southern African Customs Union should negotiate a complementary Free Trade Area agreement to promote closer…
Late last month, World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General Pascal Lamy met with Trade Ministers at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in order to discuss ways to ensure substantial results at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference to be held in Bali, Indonesia in December this year. The Ministers agreed that the Bali agenda should focus on the issues of trade facilitation, agriculture and certain topics of special interest to least developed countries (LDCs).  An Agreement on Trade Facilitation is considered by Lamy and others to represent ‘low hanging fruit’ due to the relatively uncontroversial nature of the issue and…
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 12:46

Expert Suggests South Africa-China Free Trade

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South Africa should maintain vigilance against protectionism and advance its free trade with China, an expert told Xinhua in an interview on Monday."A perfect free trade might be possible in the world we occupy. However, it is inevitable that vested interests and pressure groups will combine to force degrees of protectionism, such as a recent tendency to protect South Africa's textiles industry," said Jason Urbach, an economist at the Free Market Foundation."Current discourse in the textile industry in South Africa and elsewhere is not fortunate and appropriate," the expert said.He pointed out that "much of the antagonism is directed at China and their ability to be more efficient than everybody else in the production of clothing and textiles.""The majority of South Africa benefit from being able to buy good-quality goods from China at a low price," the expert told Xinhua.The expert said over the past decade or so imports from…
The specific objectives of the African Economic Conference (AEC) are:To promote knowledge management as an important driver of policy dialogue, good policy planning and implementation;To foster and promote innovative thinking among researchers, development; practitioners and African policymakers;To encourage and enhance research on economic and policy issues related to the development of African economies;To provide an opportunity for Africans in the Diaspora, and in regional and sub-regional organizations to send out their research findings as well as share information with African policy makers on the work they do in the region.With these objectives, and as have been demonstrated during the past…

  • Location Kigali
African countries should forge a common trade policy to deal with China if they are to benefit from their vast natural resources.Catherine Grant, a researcher with the South Africa Institute of International Affairs, said that most governments in the region do not have strategies when it comes to trade with China but have mostly relied on what she termed “wish lists,” which have only worked to the disadvantage of the region.Read the rest of this article on the website of the East African.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 121, September 2012 Click here to Download-English[pdf] (1.03 MB)SAIIA Economic Diplomacy programmeThe paper argues that South Africa's role as an economic gateway primarily depends upon geography, ie upon naturally given and man-made structures in geographical space. Based upon these structures, politicians and businessmen have to pursue the right strategies in order to maintain the gateway status. Hence, the paper examines South Africa's location, physio-geographical conditions in Southern Africa and regional transport infrastructure. It then takes a closer look at South Africa as a hub for regional headquarters of multinational companies; a hub for logistics and distribution…
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