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The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Speaker’s Meeting to be addressed by Ambassador Demetrios  Marantis  Deputy U.S. Trade Representative on “SA and the US: Promoting Regional Competitiveness”.Venue: Jan Smuts House
The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a workshop on “Harnessing Regional Integration for Trade, Investment & Growth in Southern Africa”. Thursday, 2 June 2011, 0900 – 13:15 Jan Smuts House, East Campus, Braamfontein, Wits University
In an attempt to assess the realities and challenges in doing business in Zimbabwe, the South African Institute of International Affairs recently brought together government, business and civil society representatives in Johannesburg. South Africa is Zimbabwe’s closest and biggest trading partner and investor. It is also the leading facilitator for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Zimbabwe. It is thus no surprise that developments in Zimbabwe are of direct interest to the South African business community.
In addition to Chinese resource investors, reputable Western businesses and international organizations are increasingly touting the positive African growth story unfolding in parts of the sub-continent. The World Economic Forum is a driving force behind this growing ‘Afro-optimist’ perspective, and this was on display in Cape Town last week (3 - 6 May 2011). Broadly the story line encompasses relatively crisis resilient economies, growing middle classes, rapid growth of some economies, and increasingly business friendly and stable policy environments.
Closed Zimbabwe-South Africa Business Roundtable - Johannesburg, 7 April 2011 The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) would like to invite you to a closed roundtable event from 08H30 to 13H00 on Thursday, 7 April 2011 at the Winston Hotel, Tottenham Avenue, Rosebank to discuss the impact of the ongoing political stalemate on South African businesses operating in Zimbabwe. This meeting will be based on the observations of business and aims to open up a new avenue for engaging the South African and Zimbabwean governments on the challenges posed to all concerned stakeholders by the continued impasse.
As published by The New Age, 5 April 2011 Many countries north of the Mediterranean are battling with significant problems. These will no doubt speed up the process of the movement of economic power from West to East, towards the emerging powers of Asia, and other nations poised to seize opportunities for trade and local development.
South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, has emphasised South Africa’s commitment to a trade strategy that is development focussed and that benefits developing and least developed countries. Minister Davies said this during a Speakers’ Meeting for the Economic Diplomacy Programme (EDIP) of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). The Speakers’ Meeting, held on 4 April 2011, follows a recent dialogue on trade policy reform in South Africa that examined issues around the global trade policy environment, the WTO Doha Development Round, services trade liberalisation from an international, regional, and domestic perspective and how to grow…
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 81, March 2011
South African Institute of International Affairs Cordially invites you to a Speaker's Meeting to be addressed by the Honourable Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa HE Minister ROB DAVIES on “Trade Policy and Economic Growth.”
The South African Institute of International Affairs, with the support of the British High Commission, has created a comprehensive website to provide information on trade policy matters that is both accessible and current. Please visit www.thetradebeat.com.
Much has been reported lately about the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) with particular reference to the economic crisis in Swaziland and, to a lesser extent, Lesotho.  Some of these reports have been inaccurate and distorted.  South Africa has once again been portrayed as the regional “bully” that is hampering the growth of neighbouring countries by withholding resources and by hogging investment in the region. Some have even gone so far as to imply that South Africa is deliberately putting in place industrial policies, such as the recently announced incentives for manufacturers, that will deflect the attention of business away…
The South African Institute of International Affairs; the British High Commission; Business Unity South Africa; UCT Graduate School of Business; Business Leadership South Africa; and the Mail and Guardian are delighted to invite you to their: Retreat on Promoting Trade Policy Reform in South Africa.Venue: The Sunnyside Park Hotel
For Africa, the future isn’t what it used to be. We are witnessing and living in extraordinary and epoch-making times. In contrast to the third wave of democratisation that swept away totalitarian regimes throughout Eastern Europe in 1989, the tumult that grips the world now is playing out on our own continent.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 80, March 2011
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 31, March 2011
The global economic crisis marked the end of a thirty-year chapter of economic liberalism, and opened a new one of Big Government. Twenty-first century illiberalism spread around the world. But its effects have sparked a backlash. In the US, the Tea Party movement and the Republican victory in mid-term elections signalled the electorate’s repudiation of the most leftist president and Democratic Congress since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. In Europe, some governments are trying to return to prudent management of public finances.
The South African Institute of International Affairs’ (SAIIA) China in Africa Project studies various aspects of China’s engagement in Africa. The project not only examines China’s trade and foreign policy towards the continent but also looks at the implications of this strategic co-operation in the political, military, economic and diplomatic fields.
SAIIA Research Report No 8, February 2011    Download - English [.pdf] (776.64 kB) This study examines the impact of the financial crisis and of G-20 reform on trade in financial services in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, focusing specifically on corporate, trade and project finance from the standpoint of the biggest banks in South Africa. The objective is to understand the effects, if any, on the SADC services negotiations, taking Botswana as a case study.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 74, January 2011
This workshop will consider the political economy of regional integration initiatives in Southern Africa, including what is driving the various processes (SACU, SADC and the Africa Free Trade Zone).  It will seek to deepen understanding of the factors that influence regional integration processes, such as the activities of the private sector, governance structures and the alignment with domestic priorities. Venue: Aluvi House, 2 Clyde Street, Murrayfield, Pretoria
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 72, December 2010
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 71, December 2010
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 26, December 2010
Organised by the South African Institute of International Affairs and the International Development Law Unit in the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria.
2nd Public Forum: 'Promoting Dialogue on Trade Reform in South Africa' - Trade policy in South Africa seems to be set for a major overhaul. The year 2009 saw the country being plunged into its first recession in 17 years. As the country seeks to recover from this recession and also find ways of bolstering its exports, trade policy has become one of the major focus areas.Venue: Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel
As published in The Sunday Independent, 10 October 2010 Nigerian taxis are known for their colourful writings that make personal and social statements. On my way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence last week, I was struck by one Lagosian vehicle that bore the popular Nigerian saying ‘no condition is permanent.’ It got me thinking about how the Nigerian condition has changed in 50 years. I also pondered how the emergence of South Africa as a key ally and rival since 1994 will affect the upcoming review of Nigeria’s foreign policy, the first since independence.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 68, September 2010
Background And Objectives Ideological posturing has made the debate around trade reform contentious in South Africa. The antagonism around the debate has prevented an open, evidence-based dialogue. However, trade policy reform forms part of the structural economic reform agenda in South Africa, as it has potential to offer significant positive impacts on economic performance and poverty. Critics regard South Africa’s trade reform of the early 1990s as a primary cause of the high rate of unemployment in the country; proponents argue that it brought about long overdue structural reforms which aided South Africa’s reintegration into the global economy. In South…
The South African Institute of International Affairs & College of Community Studies and Rural Development, University of Juba Cordially invites you to the conference: “China in Africa: Debating Sino-Sudan relations“ Date:        15 September 2010 Time:       09:00, for registration Venue:     Oasis Camp, Nile Plot : 19 & 20, Juba, South Sudan RSVP:      Prof. Melha Biel (CPDS) Email:      mbiel55@hotmail.com