Namibia “The Land of the Brave”

In September this year, I wrote congratulating Namibia for taking over the SADC chair. I also noted that Namibia is referred to as the “land of the brave”. Where does this “land of the brave” concept originate from?  For...

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As COP 24 Closes, How is South Africa Doing on Minimizing Its Carbon Footprint?

This past weekend, an agreement emerged from Katowice, Poland where the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP) meetings were held over the past two weeks. Despite climate activities pointing out the lack of ambition to this agreement, there are commitments to...

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The G20 and the WTO: The Way Forward

There are active debates on the significance of the G20 as a global economic forum and their continued role to reform global economic governance since inception. Their impact on the global economy has been evaluated through their outputs. Trade...

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International Economic Cooperation in Troubled Times: A Call for Strong Action by the G20

Authors: Axel Berger, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) Uri Dadush, Bruegel and OCP Policy Centre Andreas Freytag, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena Simon J. Evenett, University of St. Galen Christian von Haldenwang, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development...

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What did the investment conference deliver?

There is much to be excited about in Cyril Ramaphosa’s pragmatic push for new investments in South Africa while also being determined to tackle socio-economic challenges that require redistributive policy approaches. More than 1,000 delegates attended the investment conference held...

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Treaty gives MTN recourse in Nigeria over rent-seeking fines

Contrary to the West African country’s assertions, the SA firm is legally free to expatriate profits MTN found itself on the wrong side of the Nigerian authorities for the second time recently. In the first incident, in 2015, the cellular...

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