Tuesday, June 30, 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 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
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
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
SAIIA Policy Insights 11, March 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 15:58
Foreign direct investment (FDI) has recently 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?
Published in News & Announcements
Monday, 06 April 2015 18:38
At the recent University of the Witwatersrand’s Mandela Institute Conference on the Private Security Industry Regulatory Act Amendment Bill, commonly known as the Security Bill, National Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa provided the keynote address. From the various presentations at the Conference, held on 19 March 2015, it became apparent that there is a disconnect between South Africa’s national security imperatives and its trade and investment policy.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 02 April 2015 00:28
SAIIA Policy Insights No 10, March 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 16:16
The South African government wishes to take a more interventionist approach towards inward foreign investment. Its view is that the current system is biased towards big multinationals and it wants more room to pursue the country’s social and economic goals.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 22:27
On 31 March 2015, the South African Institute of International Affairs hosted a G-20 Study Group on 'Turkey and the G-20 Presidency: Implications for Africa.'
Published in Events
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:37
SAIIA Policy Insights No 9, March 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Friday, 27 March 2015 10:05
On 27 March 2015, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the Centre for Africa's International Relations (CAIR),  the Embassy of Japan, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) jointly hosted a Seminar on 'Policy lessons from Asia for Industrialisation in South Africa.'
Published in Events
Friday, 27 March 2015 05:47
SAIIA Policy Insights No 8, March 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Sunday, 22 March 2015 09:59
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 211, March 2015
Published in Occasional Papers
Friday, 20 March 2015 10:21
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 131, March 2015
Published in Policy Briefings
Friday, 20 March 2015 10:10
SAIIA Policy Insights No 7, March 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Friday, 20 March 2015 09:55
After a ‘gloom and doom’ Mid-Term Budget Policy Statement in October last year, it was hoped that Finance Minister Nene’s recent Budget Speech would allay concerns that South Africa’s public finances are in dire straits.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:36
Policymakers in Pretoria, Nairobi and Maseru are holding their breath as the latest renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) makes its way through the partisan gridlock of the US congress. AGOA offers duty free access to the richest market on the planet on 1800 tariff lines, generates over 62,000 jobs in South Africa alone, and sustains apparel industries in countries such as Lesotho and Mauritius.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 07:55
Negotiations for an extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) have been in the headlines recently, as the Act's September 2015 expiration deadline looms. This non-reciprocal trade preference programme provides duty-free access to the US market for certain products from eligible sub-Saharan African countries.
Published in Multimedia
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 15:25
SAIIA Policy Insights No 6, March 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Sunday, 15 March 2015 09:49
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 210, February 2015
Published in Occasional Papers
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 09:06
Recent events confirm that South Africa’s perceived receptiveness towards foreign direct investment (FDI) is declining. Consequently some foreigners are disillusioned, and look to better growth prospects elsewhere in Africa.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 16:07
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