Notes on EU-SA trade (Agbiz-Tutwa roundtable)

It’s been more than a year since the business community and foreign observers raised their concerns over the vague and, in some cases, worrying amendments and bills announced to “promote investments and clarify the level of protection that an...

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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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