Trade and Industry

  • Year 2019
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Dr Faizel Ismail and Jay Grunder
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper looks at the future of South Africa-United Kingdom trade relations in the post-Brexit period. It provides a brief background and looks at the history of trade relations until the onset of democracy in1994. It then looks at SA-UK trade relations since 1994, including the negotiations the led to the Southern African…"
Published in Trade and Industry

  • Year 2018
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Dr Faizel Ismail: Adjunct Professor Faculty of Law School of Economics, and Graduate School of Business, UCT, and TIPS Research Fellow
  • Countries and Regions Africa
This paper argues that adopting a “developmental regionalism” approach to trade integration provides the best prospects for the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) to catalyse the process of transformative industrial development, cross-border investment and democracy, governance, peace and security in Africa. It also looks at the progress being made by African countries…"
Published in Trade and Industry

  • Year 2017
  • Organisation World Trade Review
  • Author(s) Dr Faizel Ismail
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is a non-reciprocal preferential trade programme that the US offers to 49 sub-Saharan African countries. President Obama's decision to extend AGOA, which was set to expire at the end of September 2015, for another 10 years (2015 to 2025), was highly controversial. The Extension and Enhancement…"
Published in External Journals

  • Year 2017
  • Organisation Journal of World Trade 51, no. 1
  • Author(s) Dr Faizel Ismail
This paper argues that the dramatic changes in the trade architecture of the world during the first decade of the new millennium have created both opportunities and challenges for Africa’s development. African countries need to develop proactive strategies to harness these new changes and use them to advance the integration of the African…"
Published in External Journals
Wednesday, 18 January 2017

US-SA Trade Relations and AGOA

  • Date Tuesday, 24 January 2017
  • Time 13h30-16h00
  • Venue TIPS Boardroom, 234 Lange St, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Faizel Ismail, Malose Letsoalo, Christopher Wood, Tinashe Kapuya
  • For enquiries or to register please contact natasha@tips.org.za
Presentation and Panel Discussion: Faizel Ismail – TIPS and UCT: AGOA - A Game of Chicken Malose Letsoalo – Department of Trade and IndustrY Christopher Wood – TIPS: Making the Best of AGOA through Export Promotion Policies Tinashe Kapuya - Agricultural Business Chamber: An Agriculture Industry Perspective Background The importance of exporting to…"

  • Year 2016
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Dr Faizel Ismail
  • Countries and Regions Africa
This paper reviews the state of play of the African regional integration agenda, inspired by the vision of the Abuja Treaty and Agenda 2063. It argues that the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiators should adopt a “development integration” approach to ensure that the outcome of the CFTA benefits all its members. Towards…"
Published in Trade and Industry

  • Year 2016
  • Author(s) Faizel Ismail
This policy brief considers the three main options available to South Africa in a post-AGOA trade and investment relationship with the United States: to stay in AGOA, negotiate a Free Trade Agreement, or fall back on Most Favoured Nation terms and the Generalized System of Preferences."
Published in Policy Briefs

  • Year 2016
  • Organisation Integrating Africa: AfDB Blog
  • Author(s) Christopher Wood, TIPS Economist
  • Countries and Regions Africa
Ten years is a very short time in the global economy, and by all accounts a decade is all that is left of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). While the United States’ unilateral preferential access programme for Africa has been reauthorized three times since it began in 2000, it looks very…"
Published in External Journals

  • Year 2016
  • Organisation Commonwealth Trade Hope Topics Series Issue 131
  • Author(s) Faizel Ismail
  • Countries and Regions Africa
What are the main changes in the global trading architecture over the past 15 years? How have these changes impacted on Africa’s economic development and the nature of trading relations between Africa and its traditional developed country partners, the European Union, the UK and the USA, and its main developing country partner, China? What are the implications of 'Brexit' -…"
Published in External Journals

  • Year 2015
  • Organisation SOAS
  • Author(s) Benjamin Eveslage
  • Countries and Regions Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU), Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Session 4: Market integration and trade Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) and their outcomes for developmental purposes have puzzled economists and governments, motivating a considerable literature on their supposed benefits and drawbacks. At the same time, the number of RTAs in sub-Saharan Africa has exploded – a proliferation referred to by the IMF and…"

  • Year 2015
  • Organisation Celine Allard, Wenjie Chen and Emmanouil Kitsios (IMF)
  • Author(s) Celine Allard; Wenjie Chen; Emmanouil Kitsios
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Session 2: Regional integration and SADC This paper investigates the extent of trade integration of Sub-Saharan African countries in the global economy as well as within the region. Four key concepts are used to assess integration: 1) trade openness, 2) the centrality in the global and regional trade network, 3) gravity model estimates,…"

  • Year 2011
  • Author(s) tralac
  • Countries and Regions Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU), Southern African Development Community (SADC)
For many of the African states, negotiations to liberalise trade in services is a relatively new phenomenon. For the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) member states, the only experience acquired on this subject was during multilateral negotiations in the context of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Now SACU countries are…"
Published in Trade and Industry

  • Year 2010
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) TIPS
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This report takes a closer look at the trade and the trade agreements between South Africa and its free trade agreement (FTA) partners. Although the pace of unilateral trade reform has slowed, trade liberalisation has occurred through the negotiation of a number of bilateral trade agreements."
Published in Trade and Industry

  • Year 2010
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Evans K. Chinembiri
This study seeks to model the effects of trade on employment in South Africa in a Labour Demand framework. The study uses aggregated data, as opposed to a number of studies that have used either factor content or growth accounting approaches. The paper specifically seeks to determine the extent to which imports, exports,…"
Published in SADC Trade Development

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Albert Makochekanwa
  • Countries and Regions South Africa, Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Information on the impact of immigration on a host country's trade with particular reference to the African continent and the SADC region remains scant, if indeed it is ever available. This study seeks to fill this gap with an analysis of data. More specifically, the main objective of this study is to analyze the…"
Published in SADC Trade Development

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation Commonwealth Secretariat ‘Hub & Spokes’ Project
  • Author(s) James Maringwa
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Member countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) engaged in a number of bilateral trade liberalisation agreements and initiatives from as way back as the 1950s, the main objective being to increase bilateral trade flows through deeper opening and access of regional markets. Southern African countries saw these ‘country to country' trade…"
Published in SADC Trade Development

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation Services Sector Development Thematic Working Group; TIPS, BIDPA and UoM
  • Author(s) Mengesha Yayo Negasi
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Empirical studies on regional economic integration process in Africa exhibit sluggish progress and there by limited level of intra trade. The existing literatures in Africa, particularly in Southern African regional integration bloc, SADC have neglected effects of regional economic integration dealing with disaggregated data. This study analyzes trade creation and diversion effects of…"

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Mmatlou Kalaba
The heads of states of the Common Markets for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East Africa Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) met in Uganda in October 2008 to discuss broader objectives of the three regional trading blocs. This was later referred to as the Tripartite Summit. Discussions centred…"
Published in Trade and Industry

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation Department of Economics, Stellenbosch University
  • Author(s) Johan Fourie
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Trade-in-services is fast becoming one of the foremost areas of research and policy making in the international trade arena. Although the General Agreement on Trade-in-Services (GATS) was implemented in 1995, it is only recently, with the realisation of the close linkages between goods and service exports and the advent of better data, that…"

  • Year 2003
  • Organisation Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
  • Author(s) Ron Sandrey
  • Countries and Regions South Africa, Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU)
As tariff barriers are reduced around the world, increasing attention has been paid to non-tariff measures. Although differing definitions exist of exactly what these NTMs are, let alone how their quantitative impacts are measured, they can basically be defined as government measures other than tariffs that restrict trade flows."
Published in Trade and Industry
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