South Africa in a world of indices

Every year around this time reports surface that take stock of South Africa’s performance over the past year. For the past four years this has ended with a sigh and a browbeaten shake of the head. I am of...

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The Continental Free Trade Ambition

When looking at economic cooperation and integration I often find myself thinking about the relationship between the Ottoman Empire and city-state of Venice. These were very different societies yet they proved immensely valuable to each other owing to their...

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Ethiopia’s guarded financial sector

Ethiopia is not a country I think of immediately when someone mentions a desire to invest, especially a desire to invest in the financial sector. So when the question “Does Ethiopia allow foreigners to invest in the banking sector?”...

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The Duality of ISDS, pursuing national agenda at investors’ cost

Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions aim to provide a peaceful and legal solution in cases where companies feel that their rights in foreign markets have been impeded. This incentivises companies to invest in countries with high political risk...

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Who Captures the Value in the Global Value Chain? High Level Implications for the World Trade Organization

In this analytical piece Peter Draper and Andreas Freytag, as part of a compilation of papers produced for the E15 Expert Group called Global Value Chains: Development Challenges and Policy Options, set out to better understand the dimensions of...

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KwaZulu-Natal, the gateway to …

A vibrant manufacturing sector can be a great credit to any developing nation, it contributes to the local economy by acting as an employment sponge, it increases income as output increases and serves as a catalyst for innovation which...

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