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From the blogs

  • The Economic Partnership Agreement with Europe: Hold your nose and Ratify!
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    The Economic Partnership Agreement with Europe: Hold your nose and Ratify! Before they went away on the one truly ‘religious’ festival in the EU calendar - the month-long summer vacation each August - EU trade negotiators hurriedly initialled the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Economic Partnership Agreement, a free trade agreement  between Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa and…
  • Giving the Private Sector a Voice in SACU
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    Giving the Private Sector a Voice in SACU While the oldest functioning customs union in the world can boast impressive longevity, the relationship between its member states - South Africa and Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS) - is characterised by greater animosity than harmony.
  • Is Africa ignoring the American goose with the golden egg?
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    Is Africa ignoring the American goose with the golden egg? In 2000 the Clinton administration came up with an initiative designed to bolster trade and investment between the US and Africa, one of the world’s fastest growing regions. It offered select sub-Saharan countries the opportunity to trade with the US, the world’s largest market, duty-free under the Africa Growth and…
  • Is there any way to break the Doha Round impasse in agriculture negotiations?
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    Is there any way to break the Doha Round impasse in agriculture negotiations? For many countries, agricultural trade reform is politically sensitive. But that sensitivity did not prevent a ground-breaking multilateral trade agreement in the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations. Why is it that in the current Doha Round of talks no progress has been made since 2008?
  • How the EAC locked horns with the EU over the EPA negotiations
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    How the EAC locked horns with the EU over the EPA negotiations In a new series of guest articles on the negotiations underway to agree a set of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), Godfrey Ssali from the Uganda Manufacturers Association explains what is behind the current deadlock between the East African Community (EAC) and the European Union (EU).
  • SADC leaders must show zeal
    SADC leaders must show zeal The heads of state and government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) members are ensconced in the resort town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. This is for the annual summit of the regional economic community (17-18 August) that includes countries from as far north as Tanzania and the Democratic…
  • SAIIA expertise for the 34th SADC Summit
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    SAIIA expertise for the 34th SADC Summit The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government will meet for the 34th Ordinary Summit at the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, from on Sunday 17 August to Monday 18 August.  
  • Africa Must Also Lobby US Congress on Trade Law
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    Africa Must Also Lobby US Congress on Trade Law This week African leaders have descended on Washington, DC for the first ever US-Africa Leaders Summit. African leaders are expected to arrive with a long list of items to address with President Barack Obama, with the need to expeditiously reauthorise the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) near the top…
  • Three Scenarios for the Future of AGOA
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    Three Scenarios for the Future of AGOA On September 30, 2015, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) will expire. The act provides duty free access to the US, and if it lapses could threaten 62,395 jobs in South Africa alone.

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