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SAIIA Policy Briefing No 68, June 2013
President Barack Obama's visit to South Africa, between 28 and 30 June 2013, provides an opportunity to evaluate the status of trade between South Africa and the United States. President Obama is on a tour of three African countries, also including Senegal and Tanzania (26 June to 3 July 2013). 
The US remains one of South Africa’s most important economic partners and President Barack Obama will soon be here as part of his three-stop African tour. One of the official objectives of the visit will be to improve Africa’s economic growth and promote international trade.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 149, June 2013
President Barack Obama visits Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa between 26 of June and 3 of July 2013. Catherine Grant Makokera, the head of SAIIA’s Economic Diplomacy Programme, is interviewed on US trade relations with South Africa.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 148, October 2013
SAIIA has recently relaunched its two regular newsletters, which are freely available to all. Trade Perspectives is a bi-monthly newsletter providing insights, analysis and updates on economic governance, trade policy and trade negotiations. This newsletter is produced by the Economic Diplomacy Programme at SAIIA. The next issue will be available this month. Governance Perspectives is a bi-monthly newsletter on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), governance, democracy and accountability in Africa. It is published by the Governance and APRM Programme at SAIIA. The next issue will be available next month. To subscribe to either of these newsletters, please click here…
The 39th annual Group of 8 (G-8) Summit takes place on 17 and 18 June 2013, with the UK as this year's president. To provide insights into her country's plan for this year's summit, Dame Nicola Brewer, British High Commissioner to South Africa, addressed a G8 study group this week organised by SAIIA's Economic Diplomacy Programme and the Humanities Department at the University of Pretoria.
'Don't talk to me about giblets,' International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane reportedly said during last week’s BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) business summit. This remark reveals several things about the nature of the BRICS forum, and co-operation on trade matters in particular.
In a move that has generated much excitement, South Africa has invited representatives from various African continental institutions, including regional economic blocs to the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit (26-27 March 2013). BRICS leaders will meet them to discuss Africa’s infrastructure development priorities under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) framework. This is in line with the Summit theme, “BRICS and Africa - partnership for development, integration and industrialisation”.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 137, February 2013
President Jacob Zuma addressed a somewhat distracted South African population in his State of the Nation speech.  He started and finished the lengthy presentation by reaffirming the commitment of government to the vision set out in the National Development Plan. Unsurprisingly, this was one of a number of echoes of policy decisions made at the ANC's National Conference held in Mangaung in December 2012. Among them were the categorical dismissal of the nationalisation debate and a strong defence of the supremacy of the constitution. These are things investors want to hear and the reaction of the rand reflected a certain…
DAVOS is important for at least three reasons: it plays a critical role in setting an agenda for global discussions throughout the year; provides networking opportunities of the highest order; and offers countries opportunities to brand themselves with an elite, powerful investor community. It is thus appropriate that South Africa is properly represented. But what can we expect?
In a new series of video interviews, a special panel of experts present fresh insights into the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and their relationship with Africa. The latest interview is with Brendan Vickers from the Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa, on the BRICS trade agenda, above.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 128, December 2012
Volume 19, Issue 3 of SAIIA's peer-reviewed journal, the South African Journal of International Affairs, is now out, featuring articles from leading academics on a range of topics relevant to African interests.
27 November 2012: Turkey has bagged two credit-rating upgrades despite back-to-back world debt crises. After being upgraded to investment grade for the first time in two decades, the economy has made the transition from perennial underachiever to regional superstar. SAIIA Tom Wheeler, Former SA Ambassador to Turkey, was invited on CNBC Africa's Open Exchange show to look at this emerging market. [Duration: 7min 16sec] Watch the video  
(Portuguese) China’s rising position in African affairs, from that of quiescence to open activism at the centre stage of events, is changing the dynamics of the international system.  Since the onset of the domestic reform process starting in 1978, Maoist faith and revolutionary altruism have given way to the consciously self-interested commercial entrepreneurs and advocates of forms of market capitalism. The emergence of China as Africa’s top trading partner and leading source of foreign direct investment in 2009, surpassing the United States and key European Union states still struggling in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, has sharpened the…
During the World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum held in Geneva recently, the corridors and coffee shops were abuzz with speculation about the race for the position of Director General.  Pascal Lamy will end his second term in August 2013.  The official process to find a replacement will begin with nominations of candidates by member countries of the WTO in December 2012. Informal jockeying for position has already begun. 
South Africa's oft-repeated role as a “gateway” to African markets was given renewed impetus by President Jacob Zuma during last year's summit of Brics countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa—in China. But so far, the gateway role of South Africa has not been analysed systematically.
A new book on China-Mozambique relations, A Mambo e o Dragao: Relacoes Mocambique-China em Perspectiva, has just been published SAIIA and the Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Económicos (IESE), exploring the relationship between the Mozambican ‘mamba’ and the Chinese ‘dragon’.
John Maynard Keynes’s ghost casts a shadow over the current financial crisis. His prescriptions for the Great Depression consisted essentially of sustained fiscal stimulus and protection from imports in order to retain that stimulus within the domestic market. They were badly suited to the economic crisis of the 1970s, which was characterised by inflation and stagnation with the former aggravated by Keynesian demand stimulus.
When you walk the streets of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, it feels like the city is one large building site. Anyone with some money to invest is clearly putting it into property in this growing urban centre. Construction can be a good sign in a developing country. Not only does it provide employment in the short term but infrastructure development supports the growth of other economic sectors in the long-run. While some may argue that property is a safe bet in an uncertain economy, the boom in construction in Ethiopia is mainly driven by infrastructure development objectives.
There have been mounting concern about the state of relations between superpowers China and Japan, particularly in light of the latest spat which centres around small islands off the coast of Japan. On 21 September 2012, Tom Wheeler, Research Associate with SAIIA, was invited to speak on Summit TV's News Leader programme about the situation and its broader implications, particularly the potential impact upon South African trade. [Duration: 8min 09sec] Watch the video
The Fifth European Union (EU)-South Africa summit (17-18 September) takes place against a backdrop of heightened domestic and international turbulence. In the EU’s backyard, escalating tensions in North Africa and the Middle East, from the impasse in Syria to the rising anger among Muslims about a film insulting the Prophet, play themselves out in a European economic malaise that still has to resolve itself. In South Africa, the Marikana mine massacre, the spread of unrest to other mines, and the demagoguery employed as a tool for political gain, have placed this country on a knife’s edge in the run-up to…
The European Union (EU) is South Africa’s main trading partner, its principal investor and largest development partner. In 2007 South Africa became one of only ten countries globally - and the only African country - to have formed a Strategic Partnership (SP) with the EU, of which the fifth Summit is due to take place on 18-19 September 2012 in Brussels.
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a book launch to be addressed by author Dr Lyal White:  "Going Global - Insights from South Africa´s top companies".Venue:The Mountain Club of SA, 97 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town