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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).

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
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
Listening to the various impressive presentations, at the University of the Witwatersrand's recent Mandela Institute Conference on the Private Security Industry Regulatory Act Amendment Bill, commonly known as the Security Bill, I was left with a great sense of discomfort recognizing the 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
SAIIA Policy Insights No 9, March 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Friday, 27 March 2015 10:05
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
SAIIA, in partnership with the International Development Law Unit at the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at Wits University, hosted a Guest Lecture by Dr Julie Maupin, Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.
Published in Events
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 15:26
The leaders of the African continent declared their resolve to follow through on their 'Agenda 2063' vision at the 24th African Union (AU) Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last month.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 05 March 2015 12:36

Making AGOA Work for Africa

By Christopher Wood
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 127, February 2015
Published in Policy Briefings
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:03
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 126, February 2015
Published in Policy Briefings
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 15:51
The Economic Diplomacy Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs with support from the British High Commission, invited South African and international government representatives, investors, academics, experts, and practitioners to an open seminar on investment regulation, promotion and protection on Monday, 16 February 2015 in Cape Town.
Published in Events
Monday, 16 February 2015 11:32
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 118, December 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Monday, 12 January 2015 12:28

The G-20 and Development: Ensuring Greater African Participation

By Emmanuel Nnadozie and Catherine Grant Makokera
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 117, November 2014
Published in Policy Briefings
Sunday, 11 January 2015 13:51
It is hoped that African countries will soon be signing a new free trade agreement that will take the continent one step closer to its goal of economic development.The Tripartite Free Trade Area (T-FTA) spans from Cape Town to Cairo and it will bring together three existing regional groupings in Southern and Eastern Africa: the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Community (EAC) and the Community for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Its aim is to open the markets of up to twenty-six member countries with a total of 530 million people whose current GDP is approximately 58%…
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:49

Mega-Regional Trade Agreements: Strategic Implications for South Africa

By Peter Draper, Simon Lacey and Yash Ramkolowan
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 206, November 2014
Published in Occasional Papers
Monday, 15 December 2014 11:47
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is collaborating with the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to host this event that will explore Africa’s involvement in global economic governance.
Published in Events
Monday, 08 December 2014 14:59
The Department of Political Sciences and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) are holding a conference on 'Alliances Beyond BRICS: South Africa’s role in global economic governance.'
Published in Events
Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:02
Dr Bheki Mfeka, Special Economic Adviser to the President, and South African G-20 Sous Sherpa, today addressed the Third Annual African G-20 Conference. His full speech is now available online.
Published in Events
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:49
In July 2014, the BRICS grouping (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), announced the creation of a new, US$100 billion New Development Bank to lend money to developing nations for investments. There is much speculation about the role the Bank might play, and the motivations of the BRICS members in establishing it.
Published in Multimedia
Thursday, 27 November 2014 09:06
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