Exporting in Sub-Saharan Africa – Worth the Effort?

Authors: Peter Draper and Lesley Wentworth The ‘Africa Rising’ phenomenon – part myth, part marketing campaign – has faded along with the hype of the commodities super-cycle, which had been pivotal in raising growth rates, FDI inflows and exports in Sub-Saharan...

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Sustainability provisions in RTAs: Options for multilateralisation

Sustainable development is increasingly becoming mainstream in trade agreements. The past few years have seen a significant upsurge in the inclusion of sustainable development provisions (SDPs) in regional trade agreements (RTAs), particularly in deep-integration RTAs – i.e. those seeking...

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Can the Continental FTA Improve Africa’s poor intra-regional trade performance?

Closer economic integration is a prescription frequently advocated for the African continent, and enthusiastically endorsed by politicians and business alike. Accordingly, the continent does not lack integration schemes, generally dubbed ‘Regional Economic Communities’ (RECs) – 14 all told. Frequently...

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An Unsettled South Africa in a Turbulent World: A Tour d’Horizon

January 17-20 marks the annual World Economic Forum gathering of the (largely western) globalised elite. Davos man faces a turbulent world in 2017. A selective listing of issues encompasses globally significant countries/regions in transition, notably Donald Trump’s impending US...

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Implications of a Trump Presidency: Trade, and South Africa

It’s official. Donald Trump will be the next occupant of the White House. Angry whites, and blue collar, voters have responded to his populist messaging. Central to that messaging is the perceived misfortunes of industrial America, in a globalising...

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Can rules of origin in sub-Saharan Africa be harmonised? A political economy exploration

Bonn: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) The number of preferential trade agreements has increased sharply over the past decade as a response to stagnant multilateral trade negotiations. Political economy features centrally in these negotiations, for instance...

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