MDC Alliance targets closer links with regional bodies

The MDC's bold plan to join Southern African customs and currency blocs has implications beyond Zimbabwe's borders, write Catherine Grant Makokera and Brian Mureverwi. If it came off, a proposal by Zimbabwe’s official opposition to join the oldest customs union...

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Africa: Building Small Businesses Creates Jobs for Africa

Authors: Lesley Wentworth and Catherine Grant Makokera Job creation is undoubtedly one of the most pressing priorities for African countries. It is no longer feasible to rely on the public sector as the driver of employment - increasing attention is now...

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Sustainable Development in Africa and the role of the G-20

Authors: Catherine Grant Makokera and Faith Tigere The Group of Twenty (G-20) remains the premier forum for international cooperation on global economic governance and finance. Representing a large chunk of the global economy (86%) and world trade (78%), it is...

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Why Regional Agreements Matter for Exporters

As the multilateral trading system has slowed down its progress in developing new rules, there has been a surge in negotiations of bilateral and regional trade agreements. African countries are no exception and South African trade negotiators have been...

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Time to support exporters

Exports have to come to the country’s rescue, in the face of persistent slow economic growth and government’s small room to manoeuvre on the domestic front. When Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba presents his first budget speech this week, he will...

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Regional trade needs to be a top priority for African leaders

Sometimes what official statements don’t say is as important as what they do. Such is the declaration released at the recent Southern African Development Community (Sadc) summit. The meeting, held in Pretoria, attracted public attention because it did not feature...

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