The Forgotten African Trade Agreement

The attention of trade negotiators has been concentrated on progressing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) over the last two years. This mega arrangement is not an easy undertaking. It has been billed to create the largest free...

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SACU + M Explained

Some of you may have noticed that the recently signed trade agreement between the United Kingdom and the region includes the acronym ‘SACU + M’. This is a pertinent time to remind ourselves about the most important and often...

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A plea for the end of the ‘manel’

Earlier this month I attended the SADC Industrialisation Week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and had the opportunity to learn new things. One of them was the term ‘manel’. I am a veteran of many conferences, summits and workshops...

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Should You Bother With Brexit?

Catherine Grant Makokera & Faith Tigere Pittet et al The British exit of the European Union (EU) is still ongoing, or rather still undecided. It is nearly three years since the referendum was held that resulted in the decision of...

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Cyril Gets SA’s Groove Back

Catherine Grant Makokera and Sanusha Naidu With the election date set for 8 May, the focus for many South Africans preparing to vote is understandably on domestic priorities. South African citizens are grappling with the challenges of economic development, malfeasance,...

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No quick-fix solutions to Zimbabwe’s woes

This week has seen South African political parties heading north to engage with various actors in Zimbabwe. It would be easy to simply discount this as extended campaigning in the run-up to the South African elections, but there is a more...

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