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SAIIA Report No 11, July 2012  Download - English [.pdf] (2.82 MB) Governance of Africa's Resource Programme The report provides a political economy analysis of the trade in tropical timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to and through Uganda via the Northern Transit Corridor. The study focuses on international, regional and local demand-side drivers for tropical timber exports from the eastern DRC to and through Uganda.
A new report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) finds that global trade rules are outdated, in light of changing realities. The study, called The Shifting Geography of Global Value Chains: Implications for Developing Countries and Trade Policy was conducted by the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Global Trade System. It examines how shifts in global value chains are likely to impact on developing countries and international trade policy.
How can World Trade Organisations rules be advanced in the absence of a conclusion of the Doha round? Other approaches need to be explored, including plurilateral or small group negotiations under the auspices of the WTO.
05 July 2012: Inefficient cross border customs procedures are costing the southern African region around 48 million dollars per year, according to African Development Bank. The trade barriers are not only dampening potential trade between African countries, but between Africa and the Rest of the world.
China's economic slow-down has been somewhat overshadowed recently by the Eurozone crisis and the threat of a 'Grexit'. The 'Chindown' remains a concern however with fear and apprehension continuing to grow over the exact implications of this decline for the rest of the world, fresh out of one global economic crisis, and with Europe seemingly teetering on the brink of a full blown meltdown. International financial institutions are reducing their growth estimates for China. This week there were further weaknesses highlighted by the slow-down in China's manufacturing sector. While the timely implementation of stimulus measures managed to tide China through…
20 July 2012: A new report by the World Economic Forum has found that global trade rules are frankly outdated. The world of trade and investment has changed fundamentally in recent years, leaving policy and regulatory approaches behind in many ways. It goes as far as suggesting that global value chains be given central role in trade negotiations.
One of the defining features of trade policy in South Africa today is its demotion from being a key driver of growth to the use of trade policy as a mere tool of industrial policy. This is not really surprising. In the sustained economic slump since the global financial crisis, most developing – and even developed countries - have become somewhat cynical of trade liberalisation and are looking inward for solutions to their economic woes. Nevertheless, as we pursue our bold economic vision as embodied by the New Growth Path and the National Development Plan there is still a case…
Indian President Pratibha Patil was in South Africa this month, accompanied by a business delegation that is looking to explore the potential for opportunities. President Jacob Zuma stressed the importance of enhancing relations with India in both infrastructure and trade.
The on-going economic crisis facing the Eurozone does not only have potential ramifications for the single currency and the future trajectory of the European Union itself, but also for the rest of the world. Recent decisions by the eurozone members have increased international confidence in the ability of the Union to weather the storm.
Making Key Business Constraints in SADC Tangible: Experiences of the Private Sector Harare, Zimbabwe
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 114, March 2012
On March 29th BRICS Heads of State will gather in Delhi. Forging a common trade and investment platform is a challenging proposition. It is easier for the leaders to focus on what unites them in international economic negotiations, rather than what divides them in bilateral relations. However, some attention will have to be paid to those differences if their cooperation on the international stage is to be fruitful.
The South African Institute of International Affairs, the Deutsche Gesellschaft furInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the African Development Bank are delighted toinvite you to the Regional Trade in Services RoundtableJohannesburg
The SADC Secretariat, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ – and the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA) would like to invite you to participate in the launch of a series of business case studies documenting theTOP 10 business constraints in SADC region in a tangible way.Johannesburg
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 111, March 2012
A Media Forum on Trade Policy14 March 2012Melrose Place, Rosebank, Johannesburg
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 110, March 2012
SAIIA Policy Briefing 45, February 2012
The SADC Secretariat, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ – and the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA) would like to invite you to participate in the launch of a series of business case studies documenting the TOP 10 business constraints in SADC region in a tangible way.Location: Gabarone
Linkages and interaction between governments and the private sector is crucial for the success of not only regional trade agreement negotiations, but its implementation as well. The importance of the private sector in implementation is based on the fact that it is a beneficiary and partner for trade development. However, the private sector is often not sufficiently engaged by governments or regional economic communities (RECs) in implementation processes, especially in Africa. This is demonstrated by the perceptions of business on the effects of the implementation of the Southern African Development Cooperation's (SADC) Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The International Trade Centre…
The South African Institute of International Affairs will be hosting a Media Forum in Trade Policy on Wednesday, 14 March 2012, in Johannesburg. The workshop is designed to enhance the ability of economics journalists to evaluate policy issues relating to international trade. The aim is to promote quality debate around key milestones on the global and domestic economic agenda.
“BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group of countries has a special significance in the emerging global economic order and they are set of reshape the economic, trade and political future of the world,” said Wang Xinkui, President of the Shanghai WTO Consultation Center. He was speaking on the occasion of the launch of BRICS Trade & Economics Research Network (BRICS-TERN) in Shanghai on Saturday, the 19th of November 2011. Gong Baihua, Associate President of SCCWTO welcomed the participants to this meeting.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 108, February 2012
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 107, January 2012
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 104, January 2012
The 8th Ministerial conference (MC8) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is now done and dusted. Once again the world held its breath hoping that the trade ministers would give a more concrete indication on what is to happen with the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). A variety of issues were discussed, such as a different negotiating approach and the need to deliver on the Doha mandate, but no decisions were made. Even the much anticipated least developed countries (LDC) package failed to materialise, showing just how difficult it is to agree on issues even where countries are agreed in principle.…
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 41, December 2011
21 December 2011: The head of SAIIA's Economic Diplomacy Programme, Catherine Grant-Makokera, looks back at some of the major economic issues in 2011 from a South African and African perspective. She presents her perspective on European debt crisis, it's impact on European Union trade ties with Southern African states and where China fits into all of this. She also looks ahead and explains why regional integration in Africa will be a hot topic in 2012.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 101, November 2011