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The paradigm shift in global trade relations – implications for South Africa’s industrial and trade policies

19 February 2018

As production becomes increasingly dispersed around the world with the growing allegiance to regional and global value chains (R/GVCs), many countries are under pressure to rethink their industrial and trade policies. Aligning industrial and trade policie ...

Zimbabwe-South Africa relations under pressure: An eye for and eye or turn the other cheek?

19 February 2018

policies has risen. This research document looks specifically into some ... on South-Africa-Zimbabwe trade relations and policy. The research document also examines ... what?

19 February 2018

Now that the news of the UK’s intention to leave the European Union has begun to sink in around the world, many questions are circulating about the likely nature and timing of the split, and the impact of Brexit on global and regional dynamics. Author(s): ...

More inclusive trade: a new global imperative

19 February 2018

Contrary to popular belief, globalisation is not the primary cause of job losses in the world today. In fact, trade and investment have been vital instruments in stimulating economic growth, particularly in the developing countries, and lifting millions o ...

UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report 2016: More inclusive and sustained growth through structural transformation

19 February 2018

“In global economic terms, 2016 will be remembered as a year of living dangerously,” said UNCTAD’s Igor Paunovic in a webinar live-streamed from Geneva to the North-West University’s TRADE research entity on 25 ...

Harnessing gender for inclusive trade: How more gender-sensitive trade policies and outcomes can drive economic transformation i

19 February 2018

“Africa is so wealthy when it comes to land and natural resources, but it is also so underdeveloped, poor and needy. If women enjoyed the same access to resources as men, the continent would be able to produce 20-30% more than it currently does. This woul ...

US trade policy in the Trump era: What is in store for South Africa and the world?

19 February 2018

The TRADE (an acronym for Trade and Development) research focus area of North-West University (NWU together with the Tutwa consulting group, the agricultural business chamber of South Africa (Agbiz), the Johannesburg chamber ...

Leveraging the power of the digital economy to fast-track development in southern Africa

19 February 2018

Many of the technological advances that have gripped the world’s attention in recent years are nothing short of amazing- not only because of the novelty and convenience that they bring but because of the speed with which they are lapped up by a seemingly ...

SA-US trade relations – from chicken wars to Trump and beyond

4 April 2018

The United States of America is a longstanding and important trading partner of South Africa, not only because it absorbs large volumes of South Africa’s metal, mineral, manufactured and agricultural exports but also because it is a major source of foreig ...

South African exporters and the global crisis: intensive margin shock, extensive margin hangover

19 February 2018

This paper examines how changes at the intensive margin (established exporters exporting existing products to established markets) and the extensive margin (new exporters, products or markets) contribute to South Africa’s export growth and how these were ...