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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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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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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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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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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