Friday, February 12, 2016
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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).

South Africans will remember the second and last business weeks of December 2015 for a long time to come because that particular period was characterised by almost unprecedented drama within South Africa's governance structures, as Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was sacked.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 11 February 2016 10:00
On 2 February, SAIIA hosted a talk by Florizelle Liser, Assistant US Trade Representative for Africa and Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Assistant US Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy. They discussed issues related to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the future of the trade relationship between the US and South Africa.
Published in Events
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:16
On 19 January President Jacob Zuma announced the establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Investment. This took some in the investment community by surprise, despite the President’s reference in his 2015 State of the Nation Address to the future establishment of a government clearing house for investment.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Thursday, 21 January 2016 15:41
SAIIA cordially invites you to the launch of the World Bank’s publication, 'Factory Southern Africa? SACU in Global Value Chains', on 21 January 2016.
Published in Events
Thursday, 21 January 2016 10:22
On Thursday, 21 January 2016 SAIIA will host launch of the World Bank publication, 'Factory Southern Africa? SACU in Global Value Chains'. The publication is the result of an extensive collaborative effort across many organisations and experts that have contributed within their fields of expertise.
Published in News & Announcements
Monday, 18 January 2016 15:30
[EXTENDED to 12 February 2016] SAIIA seeks to appoint a Programme Manager for its Economic Diplomacy Programme (No: PMEDIP16).
Published in Opportunities
Thursday, 14 January 2016 11:45
SAIIA Report, December 2015

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This collection of papers is a combined initiative of EPF member think tanks and is the result of two round-table discussions under the Regional Integration research stream. The first event, ‘Drivers of Regional Integration’, took place in Cape Town, 25-27 November 2014; the second, ‘Regional Integration and Regional Value Chains’ was held in Moscow, 21 May 2015.
Published in Research Reports
Friday, 18 December 2015 12:57
MEDIA ALERT:  NAIROBI AND BEYOND: WHAT PROSPECTS FOR THE WTO?   10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya    15 to 18 December 2015   Dear Editors and Journalists   The 10th Ministerial Conference of the  World Trade Organization (WTO)  will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 15 to 18 December 2015. It will be chaired by Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Amina Mohamed. This will be the first time the organisation’s highest decision-making body will meet in Africa amid irreconcilable differences in positions of WTO members, with some already predicting that any significant progress in concluding the Doha…
Published in Media
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 15:31
United States President Obama’s announcement earlier this month to Congress to partly suspend South Africa’s benefits under the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) is likely set the tone of the AGOA agreement going forward, following the extension of the initiative earlier this year.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Friday, 27 November 2015 15:50
SAIIA today held a Roundtable Discussion on 'SADC investment policy and regional integration: the views of select SADC countries.'
Published in Events
Monday, 23 November 2015 09:29
On 11 November 2015, SAIIA held a media briefing on ‘The G-20: From Turkey to China – taking stock and looking forward’ to review developments and successes achieved under the Turkish Presidency, notably in relation to its impact on developing countries.
Published in News & Announcements
Thursday, 12 November 2015 13:15
On 11 November 2015, SAIIA will hold a media briefing on 'G20: From Turkey to China – taking stock and looking forward'.
Published in Events
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:56
Recent interviews of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMME) that SAIIA conducted in Botswana can provide pointers on the focus that donor support should take in order to promote the growth of this sector. This growth would see the eventual graduation of some SMMEs into big businesses, able to develop regional value chains that economists and policymakers covet for regional economic industrialisation and development.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Friday, 06 November 2015 10:30
On Tuesday, 27 October 2015, the IMF launched its Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa at an event co-hosted by SAIIA and the Wits School for Economics and Business Sciences (SEBS). A gloomy picture was painted of the current economic woes facing the region, the sub-title of the report Dealing with the Gathering Clouds aptly summarising its overall message.
Published in News & Announcements
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 13:27
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the University of the Witwatersrand's School of Economics and Business Science (SEBS), and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) held a presentation on 'The IMF's Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa: Dealing with the gathering clouds.'
Published in Events
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 10:15
21 October 2015 started out as the day that business and economic analysts were expected to reflect closely on the state of the South African economy. Instead it ended up reminiscent of a scene that sci-fi aficionados could describe as stormtroopers defending the Galactic Empire against a small, unarmed rebel alliance. 
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Friday, 23 October 2015 04:12
A new project, coordinated by SAIIA, is exploring how multilateral trade negotiations can be revitalised to overcome both existing and emerging challenges.
Published in News & Announcements
Friday, 16 October 2015 09:32
On 15 October 2015, SAIIA will hold a Roundtable Dialogue on ‘Nairobi and Beyond: What Prospects for the WTO?’
Published in Events
Thursday, 15 October 2015 16:05
As the World Trade Organization enters a period of readjustment after the Bali deal, there is a need to search for new ideas that can assist in revitalising multilateral trade negotiations. SAIIA and the Cordell Hull Institute have co-ordinated an exciting new project, 'Restoring Multilateral Trade Co-operation Project', in partnership with the World Bank and a network of developing-country think tanks.
Published in Multimedia
Thursday, 15 October 2015 16:05
The city of Erenhot sits on the Mongolian border, five hours of desolate steppe tundra away from the nearest major Chinese city. In 1992, the town had a population of 8000, and was best known for its bizarre 80-foot archway of kissing sauropods, which bridges across a usually empty freeway.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Monday, 12 October 2015 10:44

The need for specialised investment courts

By Lesley Wentworth and Azwimpheleli Langalanga
Sorting out a trade dispute can be a tricky thing. Nations may want to advance their economic interests but are reluctant to upset relations with another country over a dispute with a private investor. Though there is the mechanism of state-to-state arbitration, it has divided opinions among scholars who have described it either as a dangerous development 'that threatens to infringe upon investors’ rights and to re-politicize investor-state disputes' or 'an important step towards a new third era of the investment treaty system in which the rights and claims of both investors and treaty parties are recognised and valued.'
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 08:49
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 221, September 2015
Published in Occasional Papers
Thursday, 01 October 2015 15:20
SAIIA Policy Insights No 26, October 2015
Published in Policy Insights
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00
South Africa is a country of contradictions. Depending on one's circles and political or moral convictions one always gets something fascinating. If it's not Nkandla, its Ramaphosa flying on a Gupta plane.
Published in Opinion & Analysis
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 10:22
Seoul, South Korea 12-14 February 2014: 1st RoundtableHosted by: the Korean Institute of International Economic PolicyDownload Chairman's statement (84 kB)
Published in News & Announcements
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 09:01
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
SAIIA Report No 19, September 2015

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Economic Diplomacy Programme

International trade has changed dramatically since the 1980s. Due to enormous reductions in transportation and communications costs, as well as the worldwide liberalisation of trade in goods and – to a lesser extent – services, production processes have been fragmented while value chains have gone global. Some observers now speak of global production networks. 
Published in Research Reports
Sunday, 02 August 2015 16:15
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