African Agency in Global Governance: Reflections from a Chatham House London Conference

I had the privilege of attending the Annual Chatham House London Conference from the 23-24th of October 2017. This particular conference was supposed to have been held in early June. However, it had to be postponed owing to Brexit....

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What can the private sector do to bring down corruption?

Corruption is a far-reaching problem in all corners of the world. It even occurs in countries that, according to Transparency International, are largely free of corruption. While it is the exception in Scandinavia and other OECD countries, 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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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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SADC Border Chaos

Following on the introduction of SI 113 of 2017, Amendment of the Customs and Excise (General) Regulations, SI 154 of 2001, Section 60 by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, there is total chaos at the borders with that country. The...

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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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