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Business, trade and investment

Emerging economies seeking new markets; government-led investment programmes for large companies, and investment from Small and Medium Enterprises; potential negative impacts of lax business regulations on social and labour relations and the environment.

About rising powers and business, trade and Investment

Business, trade and investment from Rising Power countries have a growing presence in Africa and other developing regions. China, India and Brazil have all made their mark on the African continent, through expanding government-led investment programmes for large companies, and also through smaller scale investment from Small and Medium Enterprises. As the so-called ‘emerging economies’ seek new markets, the African continent is often held as the ‘final frontier’, presenting opportunities in sectors such as the extractive industry, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and agri-business. Many African countries are commodity-rich but have a low manufacturing base and under-developed or ageing infrastructure. Lax regulatory frameworks mean investors are not always held to account in terms of the potential negative impacts of their business on social and labour relations as well as the environment, which is examined by the literature in this section.

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A summary of Ann Harrison’s Globalisation and Poverty
M. Nesvisky / National Bureau of Economic Research, USA 2007
A non-technical summary of a book titled ‘Globalisation and Poverty’ edited by Ann Harrison. It questions whether globalisation spreads wealth. The book concludes that the poor will benefit from globalisation if the appropri...
How will the growth of Indian multinationals impact development at home and abroad? 
J., P. Pradhan / Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi 2007
The last few decades have seen the transformation of Indian firms into global entities. This study traces the growth of Indian multinationals and explores their influence on the development processes of both the host countri...
New powers for global change?: Brazil as a regional player and an emerging global power: foreign policy strategies and the impact on the new international order
P. Roberto de Almeida / Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V. 2007
Brazil is increasingly becoming an important player in world politics, both within the South American context and globally as one of the so-called BRICs. This essay examines the main lines of Brazilian foreign policy in the current pr...
An analysis of country characteristics that discourage trade will help exploit trade potentials
J.H. Eita; A.C. Jordaan / University of Pretoria 2007
The South African government has identified the wood sector as one of the priority sectors that need to be promoted and developed in order to accelerate growth and reduce unemployment and poverty. This paper analyses the determinants ...
Quotas may diversify imports instead of helping local industry
J. van Eeden; R. Sandrey / Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa 2007
South Africa imposed quotas on the importation of selected clothing lines from China to slow the trade flow of imports. This paper answers the question whether those quotas are meeting their goal. To do so, it examines the changes in ...