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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
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.