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  • South Africa: Deflated Egos and the Trade Deficit
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    South Africa: Deflated Egos and the Trade Deficit Some numbers actually do make people and countries change their whole way of thinking about their relations with other people as well as themselves. Take the GDP of China as compared to that of the world’s number one economy, the USA. Economists have spent the last few years speculating on…
  • Manoeuvering at the Margins of an EPA Deadlock: Will the EAC bow down to EU Pressure?
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    When the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states and the European Union (EU) signed the Cotonou Partnership Agreement on 23 June 2000, both parties affirmed their commitment to work together towards the achievement of the objectives of poverty reduction, sustainable development and the gradual integration of the ACP…
  • The SADC EPA and Beyond
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    The SADC EPA and Beyond After ten years of preparations and negotiations, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the Southern African Development Community (SADC) EPA Group and the European Union (EU) was finally ‘initialed’ by our Chief Negotiators on 15 July 2014 in Pretoria. The initialing of the Agreement signals that the negotiations are concluded.
  • Situating Economic Partnership Agreements in Sub-Saharan Africa’s Evolving Trade Landscape
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    Situating Economic Partnership Agreements in Sub-Saharan Africa’s Evolving Trade Landscape While EPAs are finally being concluded, the global and African landscapes are being fundamentally reshaped by the connected phenomena of mega-regional trade negotiations and China’s rapid expansion into the continent. How can the major developed countries negotiating mega-regional and African deals, respond to these developments?
  • IORA and the Pacific Tradewinds
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    IORA and the Pacific Tradewinds The Asia-Pacific region is locked in a race towards regional integration. The Transpacific Partnership (or TPP), comprising 12 countries including the United States, could connect markets worth 37.5% of global GDP and 25% of world trade. The effort has not gone unnoticed by China, which is excluded from TPP and…
  • How should the G-20 act to improve global trade governance?
    How should the G-20 act to improve global trade governance? The evolution of the world trading system no longer supports the delivery of opportunities that follow from innovations in international business. This article is a statement by participants at a roundtable held in the EU Centre for Global Affairs, University of Adelaide, on 22 August 2014, which offers suggestions to…
  • Members only: Embracing diversity in the WTO
    Members only: Embracing diversity in the WTO The proliferation of trade ‘clubs’ indicates that governments are keen on engaging in trade liberalisation. This article argues that the creation of new trade clubs under the umbrella of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is inevitable. Such issue-specific (plurilateral) agreements keep the cord with the WTO tight, while allowing countries…
  • In Agriculture, It Is Time To Act With Plurilaterals
    In Agriculture, It Is Time To Act With Plurilaterals The Doha Development Round of negotiations was launched in 2001 and was supposed to be concluded by 2005, but here we are in 2014 still thinking of ways to get it going. As the Bali agreement situation made clear, even when there is consensus and agreements are signed, one can…
  • 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…

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