The BRICS nations and their symbol of Independence

The 9th BRICS summit is upon us, being held in Xiamen, this month from the 3rd to the 5th of September, under China’s Chairmanship. Despite the political and economic turmoil that underpins the BRICS states, one may conclude that...

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Enemy at the port: Considerations on a US-China trade war

It has been a busy 6 months for the United States Trade Representative with President Donald Trump and his trade hawks in command. Continuing his America First campaign President Trump has ordered a section 232 investigation into the effect...

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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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Epic Confrontations on International Trade Governance Await Zimbabwe Ahead of the 37th SADC Summit

In the last 5 years, business relations between Pretoria and Harare have turned sour, as a result of the later resorting to the use of various techniques and shenanigans to minimise imports from her neighbour across the Limpopo River....

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Populism on the rise: What to do?

This is the third part of Tutwa’s mini-series, Populism on the rise, which is dedicated to the reaction to populist movements and politics in order to maintain a liberal world economic order (Pax Americana), which I regard as the...

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Caught between the WHO and the lure of a cash crop

Over the last couple of decades, great effort was made to reduce tobacco consumption rates the world over. These efforts come as a result of concern over the harmful impact of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke. This...

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