Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Economic Diplomacy

Economic diplomacy is concerned with setting the ‘rules of the game’ for the conduct of economic policy. Effective economic diplomacy requires understanding both the domestic political economy environment and the external negotiating environment, and the constraints of each.

Economic diplomacy matters to Southern Africa because the rules of the game shape domestic economic policy in important ways, and in an increasingly multi-polar world international economic negotiations are growing in importance across a number of fronts. These may shape domestic and regional economic policies in ways that could be inimical to pursuing sustainable outcomes. Therefore it is necessary to ensure regional interests are articulated and understood.

SAIIA’s primary purpose is to assist with the articulation of such interests by conducting high-level analytical work and making it publicly available in digestible forms to key Southern African actors and their international counterparts.

 

The project is funded by the British High Commission in South Africa (BHC) the Danish International Development Agency (Danida), the Department for International Development (DFID), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

SAIIA is pleased to continue our new series of interviews on Twitter (or 'Twinterviews') with authors from SAIIA's peer-reviewed journal, the South African Journal of International Affairs. In the second of the series, Journal Editor Martha Bridgman interviewed Dr Lyal White about his article on the importance of regional economic integration in Africa.
Published in Events
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 14:22
The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) between the member states of three African regional economic communities – SADC, EAC, and COMESA – has been heralded as one of the most important developments in African regional integration.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 10:35

SADC Summit 17-18 August 2015

By SAIIA’s Economic Diplomacy Team
Heads of State and Governments of the member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be meeting this week in Gaborone, Botswana to further discuss the region’s industrial and infrastructure development.
Published in News & Announcements
Monday, 17 August 2015 09:48
The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) across Southern and Eastern Africa has been heralded as a crucially important step for African growth and economic development. But what exactly is it? How realistic is the agreement? When will we see any benefits from it? And who will benefit most (and least)?
Published in Multimedia
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 12:55
In June 2015, the Department of Mineral Resources gazetted regulations related to hydraulic fracturing or fracking in South Africa offering a framework for the exploitation and exploration of shale gas. It could easily lead one to think that another step has been taken in the direction of the highly controversial question of industrial fracking in the Karoo basin.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 30 July 2015 12:54
A high level dialogue organised by ICTSD and SAIIA on 28 and 29 July 2015 is an opportunity to revisit several challenges facing Africa and Southern Africa more specifically in the context of new developments and data that have emerged in recent years.
Published in Events
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 16:40
During state visits to Kazakhstan and Indonesia in later 2013, President Xi Jinping outlined China’s vision of a ‘One Belt One Road’ – running overland from China to Eastern Europe – and a complementary Maritime Silk Road that stretches from Southeast China across the Indian Ocean to Dar es Salaam and onward around the Horn of Africa to the Mediterranean. While this vision remains under development, the engagement is intended as a multi-pronged diplomatic, economic and strategic initiative - as well as one that encourages closer cross-cultural contact – that will intensify China’s relations with Africa. Indeed this raises questions…
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:07
On 21 July 2015, SAIIA, the OECD, and South Africa's National Treasury officially launched the OECD South Africa Economic Survey 2015.
Published in Events
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 09:27
Last week, at the United Nations Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in Addis Ababa, the 193 UN Member States agreed on a series of measures to overhaul global finance practices and generate investments for tackling a range of development challenges.
Published in News & Announcements
Monday, 20 July 2015 10:55
The International Conference on Financing for Development held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13-15 July 2015 brought together world leaders to assess progress on the implementation of the 2002 Monterrey Consensus and the 2008 Doha Declaration on Financing for Development. The goal of the Monterrey Consensus, endorsed at Doha, was ‘to eradicate poverty, achieve sustained economic growth and promote sustainable development as the World advances to a fully inclusive and equitable global economic system’.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 20 July 2015 10:08
A policy dialogue on 'New approached to economic challenges' was held on 16 July 2015 by the OECD, in co-operation with South Africa's National Treasury and SAIIA.
Published in Events
Thursday, 16 July 2015 09:03

South Africa needs a concrete BRICS strategy

By Peter Draper and Mzukisi Qobo
Heads of state of the BRICS countries will gather in Ufa, Russia, this week for the grouping’s seventh summit, which comes at a particularly challenging time for Russian diplomacy. Precipitated by the conflict in Ukraine, Russia is barred from Group of Seven/Group of Eight processes and increasingly estranged from the West.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 15:32

BRICS and climate change

By Agathe Maupin and Elizabeth Sidiropoulos
Reflecting the broadening of the BRICS agenda since the grouping was formed in 2009, the first ever meeting of BRICS environment ministers was held in Russia in April 2015. The ministers agreed to:
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 06 July 2015 11:02
The signing of the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (TFTA) two weeks ago in Egypt between three of Africa’s major economic blocs COMESA, the EAC and SADC is an important development for intra-African trade and investment. By taking the first step towards the establishment of an economic bloc spanning the continent from South to North East, the African leaders have also laid the foundation for the establishment of a sizeable consumer market for international investors. Yet, it hardly received the attention it deserved at the AU’s 25th Summit in Johannesburg from 7 – 15 June 2015.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Friday, 03 July 2015 15:51
Leaders from the BRICS countries - Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Africa - will meet on 8-9 July 2015 in the Russian city of Ufa. Many key developments are expected to arise from the Summit, which takes place as Russia’s relationship with the United States and its European allies worsens, while its ties to BRICS appear to have become closer.
Published in News & Announcements
Thursday, 02 July 2015 16:27
On 2 July 2015, SAIIA and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) hosted a special two-day seminar on 'Global Sustainability, Climate Change and Finance Policy.'
Published in Events
Thursday, 02 July 2015 09:15
SAIIA Policy Insights No 19, June 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Monday, 15 June 2015 09:10
Foreign direct investment (FDI) has been a hot topic in South Africa, following the government's unilateral cancellation of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with the European Union and the release of the draft Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill. But what is FDI, and why is it important? What are the other issues at play in the region when it comes to investment?
Published in News & Announcements
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 14:03
On the sidelines of this week’s OECD meetings in Paris, South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies and US Trade Representative Mike Froman will try and overcome the protracted dispute between the two countries on chicken exports.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 13:10
A new pricing model for the controversial electronic toll collection (e-tolling) on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) was announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa last week, which will dramatically reduce user fees but link unpaid fees to driver's licence renewals.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 25 May 2015 10:21
SAIIA Policy Insights No 13, April 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 10:58
SAIIA Policy Insights No 12, April 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Sunday, 10 May 2015 15:15
Detailed and carefully collected foreign direct investment (FDI) statistics are essential for the effective design and evaluation of public policy on inward foreign investment.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 19:29
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 216, April 2015
Published in Occasional Papers
Sunday, 26 April 2015 15:53
The bill to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the United States’ cornerstone African development initiative, has finally arrived in Congress in the form of the AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 13:37
The BRICS alliance seems to have yielded limited tangible economic benefits for South Africa. Should South Africa therefore explore alternative groupings in global economic governance fora? A new set of papers has been commissioned by SAIIA on the theme 'South Africa Beyond BRICS', looking at just such a question.
Published in News & Announcements
Monday, 20 April 2015 09:26
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 215, May 2015
Published in Occasional Papers
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 16:16
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) will be hosting a Speaker’s Meeting to be addressed by Dr Andreas Dombret, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, on 'Monetary Policy and Financial Regulation in Europe.'
Published in Events
Friday, 10 April 2015 17:14
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 214, May 2015
Published in Occasional Papers
Friday, 10 April 2015 14:33
A new set of papers has just been released, looking at BRICS and Development Finance Institutions.
Published in News & Announcements
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 16:15
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