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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Do we have the vision, courage and passion to recognise the potential of SADC?

South Africa takes over the chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) later this year in August. This will be a chance for the government to push an agenda that reinvigorates regional economic integration. There is always much...

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Let’s not forget the region: Trade facilitation in the face of protectionism?

Much of the world’s attention in 2016 was far from our shores as global events have unfolded in unexpected directions. The reality remains however that for many South African traders and investors developments in neighbouring countries are just as...

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Cities and Trade

I had the pleasure of being part of a panel at the recent Tshwane International Trade and Infrastructure Investment Conference that was held in Pretoria on 15 to 17 May 2016. In the only all women grouping at the...

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Economic Diplomacy: The business of government or the governance of business?

It is time for the government and private sector to identify a common vision and strategy for improving South Africa’s participation in the global economy so as to maximise the contribution to growth and development. To do this, however,...

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