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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
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 100, November 2011
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Peter Draper speaking on "Trade and climate change - implications for Southern Africa?" at The Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town on Thursday 20 October 2011 at 5:00 for 5:30 pm.
South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a roundtable discussion hosted by the World Gold Council Standards for Conflict-Free Gold Date:               Wednesday, 5 October 2011 Time:              10:00am – 16:00pm Venue:            Jan Smuts House, East Campus, Wits University RSVP:             Alex Benkenstein - SAIIA Senior Researcher
Fresh from attending the World Economic Forum’s summer Davos in Dalian, China, I feel relatively good to be African. Our traditional European trading partners are undergoing sweeping economic changes and the prospect of sustained declines in standards of living. The US may be on the cusp of a double-dip recession and is mired in a destructive ideological fight over budgets, debt and more. New centres of economic power are engaging with us through trade and investment. Growth in sub-Saharan Africa is rapid in many countries, and likely to be sustained. Yet we cannot be complacent. Two broad, contradictory trends are…
The recent fourth annual South Africa – European Union (EU) Summit on 15 September 2011 was preceded by a day of intensive engagements between Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and his counterpart from the European Commission on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations between the EU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). This was hardly surprising. While trade was just one of the many issues covered in the wide-ranging discussions at the Summit, it has also been one of the most contentious matters in the bilateral relationship between the EU and South Africa, with the ability to sour…
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 93, September 2011
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 90, August 2011
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 88, August 2011
“Trade not aid” has long been a mantra for those who believe that developing countries need to grow and integrate their economies through world markets rather than relying on hand-outs from donors. In 2005, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial meeting in Hong Kong agreed to strengthen the link between these two issues with the launch of the Aid for Trade initiative. The aim was to promote additional development assistance, especially to least-developed countries, in order to help them better participate in the world trading system. This included building supply-side capacity and trade-related infrastructure so that developing countries could export…
You are cordially invited to the launch of the African Economic Outlook 2011Venue: Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Multipurpose Centre, OR Tambo Building, 460 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale, PRETORIA
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 32, May 2011
The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Speaker’s Meeting to be addressed by HE Dr Nicola Brewer, British High Commissioner to South Africa, on “Africa in the 21st century: a view from London”.Date: Monday 20 June 2011Time: 18:00 – 19:30 to be followed by a cocktail reception Venue: Jan Smuts House, East Campus, Wits University
The South African Institute of International Affairs & National University of Rwanda cordially invites you to the conference “China in Africa: Debating Sino-Rwandan relations“.Vemue: Lemigo Hotel
The United States of America and South Africa will continue its strong partnership in economic growth, trade and investment. This was the message from Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, Deputy United States Trade Representative in his address to the South African Institute of International Affairs.
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
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