Trade and Industry

WIDER Working Paper 2019/38

This working paper, Motorcycle parts and aftermarket industry regional value chain in Southern Africaforms part of the project: Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the structure, key functions, and characteristics of the motorcycle parts and aftermarket industries in Southern Africa in order to identify challenges to and opportunities for growth in these industries. The research examines the end markets and utilization of motorcycles, the status of these markets, and demand for local or regional production processes. The paper also considers the main factors affecting the sales of motorcycles and their parts in the region and assesses whether a more coordinated approach between governments and foreign and local firms could lead to assembly and/or manufacturing value-added activity in the Southern African Development Community region.

Download Working Paper: https://www.wider.unu.edu/sites/default/files/Publications/Working-paper/PDF/wp-2019-38.pdf

TIPS acknowledges UNU-Wider and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) for their financial support for this working paper.

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation UNU-WIDER
  • Publication Author(s) Sithembiso Mtanga and Richard McCamel (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Published in Trade and Industry

WIDER Working Paper 2019/26

This working paper, Black cat, white cat - lessons to be learned from ASEAN, forms part of the project: Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)

Abstract

There is some consensus at present that SADC needs to re-imagine itself and breathe new life into its somewhat moribund structure. The European Union is often presented as the textbook example to be followed by other regional associations. The European Union is characterised by a rules-based, heavily bureaucratic and powerful supranational institutional structure to which individual nations have ceded sovereignty in several spheres (most notably the economy). The European Union has progressed in a highly linear and consecutive fashion from a free trade area to a customs union, to a single market and a common currency.

 On the other end of the integration spectrum sits the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Based on Confucian values and culture, it emphasises harmony, group above individual, and pragmatism above rules. ASEAN is designed around principles and behaviour norms rather than rules; it is intergovernmental instead of supranational; it is more market driven than government driven; it has strong bottom up and extra-entity processes, decision-making is based on unanimity not majority; it is institutionally and bureaucratically lite; it embraces open regionalism with unclear rules for entry; and deepening integration is being achieved in an ad hoc, parallel fashion rather than a linear, consecutive fashion.

In this paper, some of the key elements of ASEAN and its operationalisation are considered, not as recommendations or a systematic alternative guide to reconsidering the conceptual basis of SADC’s regional integration efforts – but simply as potential catalysts for discussion and thinking about problems from a different perspective.

Download Working Paper: https://www.wider.unu.edu/sites/default/files/Publications/Working-paper/PDF/wp-2019-26.pdf

TIPS acknowledges UNU-Wider and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) for their financial support for this working paper.

 

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation UNU-WIDER
  • Publication Author(s) Sandy Lowitt (TIPS)
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Published in Trade and Industry

This policy brief provides context for technical regulation in the region. It then offers some cross-cutting solutions for developing monitoring mechanisms that can allow policymakers to identify problem areas, and some specific interventions for the Standards, Accreditation and Metrology functions that can build capacity at low cost. It provides some recommendations for a practical agenda on reducing Technical Barriers to Trade in the Southern African Development Community – ones that can be executed with minimal cost, and that improve the institutional capacity of regional organisations to grapple with the complexity inherent to the field. Above all, these regulations will need to be carefully attuned to assure that they provide the maximum protection for the region from dangerous substandard imports, while still allowing for a dynamic, mutually beneficial trading relationship.

  • Year 2017
  • Publication Author(s) Christopher Wood, TIPS Economist
Published in Policy Briefs
Sunday, 02 November 2008

Organic Produce

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Sunday, 02 November 2008

Leather

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Sunday, 02 November 2008

Honey

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Sunday, 02 November 2008

Furniture

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Sunday, 02 November 2008

Fibre

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Sunday, 02 November 2008

Essential Oils

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Friday, 02 November 2007

Vegetables

  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Friday, 02 November 2007

Spices

  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Friday, 02 November 2007

Soybeans

  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Friday, 02 November 2007

Fruit

  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Friday, 02 November 2007

Capsicum

  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Friday, 02 November 2007

Cassava

  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Friday, 02 November 2007

Almonds

  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Wednesday, 02 May 2007

Wood and wood products

  • Year 2007
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Thursday, 02 November 2006

Cut Flowers

  • Year 2006
  • Organisation SADC Trade Project
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)