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GEGAfrica Policy Briefing, February 2018
GEGAfrica Discussion Paper, January 2018
GEGAfrica Discussion Paper, December 2017
GEGAfrica Discussion Paper, November 2017
GEGAfrica Policy Briefing, October 2017
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 16:01

E-Commerce Country Case Study: South Africa

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GEGAfrica Discussion Paper, August 2017
GEGAfrica Policy Briefing, July 2017
GEGAfrica Policy Briefing, June 2017
GEG Africa organised a multi-stakeholder study group meeting on “GVCS, SMES and Sustainability Standards”.

  • Location Pretoria
The purpose of the conference was to share experiences and latest research on the contribution that financial, monetary and macroeconomic policy could make towards regional integration, resilience and development, in today’s challenging global context. The focus is particularly on the use of innovative new institutions and mechanisms emerging in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

  • Location SAIIA
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
Dear Editors and Journalists, 
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 193, June 2014 Download - English (1.14 MB) Published by SAIIA's Economic Diplomacy Programme
In this article, Franklin Cudjoe, the CEO of IMANI Center for Policy & Education, examines the implications of Ghana's adoption or refusal of economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between West Africa and the European Union.
Although global value chains (GVCs) have existed for decades now, interest in the literature has reignited in recent years, particularly since the global financial crisis. Policy makers have sought to better understand the dynamics and governance of GVCs as well as the opportunities and constraints that this type of trade poses for firms in the various stages of participation.
This study provides data on the costs and challenges of implementing trade facilitation measures currently under negotiation in the WTO. It updates an earlier study undertaken in 2005. This updated study, based on data and insights from nine additional countries, confirms earlier findings identifying the measures that present the greatest challenges to developing countries in implementing reforms. The study also confirms that the costs of putting in place and maintaining trade facilitation measures are not particularly large and are far smaller than the benefits gained from implementing these measures. Moreover, an increasing amount of technical and financial assistance to implement…
Monday, 20 May 2013 00:00

Ban picks ex-Kenyan minister to lead UNCTAD

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Geneva: UN chief Ban Ki-moon has nominated former Kenyan minister and Member of Parliament Mukhisa Kituyi to lead the UN’s trade and development body when the current chief steps down at the end of August.
There is a surge of interest in the implications of global value chains. These encompass a wholesale reconceptualisation of trade statistics, a renewed focus on the importance of services in economic development, and the possibilities for leveraging GVCs to drive rapid and sustainable growth in income and employment, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.The global value chain ‘narrative’ is contested. There is concern that it is being proffered to support the case for developed countries to bypass the WTO’s Doha Round, and that it is simply the latest effort to impose an ill-advised liberalisation agenda on developing countries.We outline a case for…
Monday, 25 February 2013 10:01

BRICS: The way forward

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Drawing from the Sanya Declaration of the BRICS Leaders Summit held in China in 2011, five reputed policy research organisations have come together to form the Track 2 initiative called BRICS Trade and Economic Research Network (TERN) which will work on a range of issues on South-South cooperation.The five founding members Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil, Eco-Accord, Russia, CUTS International, India, Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Centre, China and the South African Institute of International Affairs are of the view that BRICS cooperation should move from policy discussions to delivering tangible benefits for the people of these five countries, in areas of sharing technology, increase in bilateral investment and trade etc. This development comes in the run up to the BRICS Leaders Summit which will be held in Durban, South Africa in March 2013.Representing the civil society among the various stakeholders, Pradeep S. Mehta, secretary general, CUTS International said BRICS countries should…
African leaders need to put in place policies that seek to integrate smallholder farmers into already available market if the continent aims to achieve sustainable economic development, says the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).Dr Innocent Matshe, Director of Training of the AERC says the integration needs not to be done in a commercial way, however, have to focus on developing a strategy that would promote the interest of smallholder farmers to market their products to facilitate as a link to the market and eventually grow as producers.“At our earlier stages of our development we had in place a lot of instruments to encourage producers within our country and economy to produce and to engage in socio-economic development in the country, we need same for smallholder farmers.“What we need to do is to put in place policy frameworks that encourage not only their participation but also their engagement at the wider…
A presentation made by GEGAfrica's Peter Draper, in Moscow, at the G20 Think 20 meeting 11 December.The presentation is based on the a report, "THE SHIFTING GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS: IMPLICATIONS FOR TRADE POLICY", which Draper co-authored while chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Global Trade System.
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
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. APEC was established in 1989 to enhance economic growth and prosperity for the region and to strengthen the Asia-Pacific community.For more information, visit the official website.

  • Location Vladivostok, Russia
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