Quotation Smet, Koen. 2009. South Africa´s Trade Agreements. Économie Politique Internationale et Nouvelles Régulations de la Mondialisation, Poitiers, Frankreich, 14.05.-15.05..




The paper investigates the impact of a multilateral and a bilateral trade agreement on South Africa´s trade structure and explains the outcome with respect to international and domestic interests involved in trade negotiations. A "régulation" approach is used to analyse the two trade negotiations into which the new South Africa entered, i.e. the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) with the European Union (EU). Furthermore South Africa´s role within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is being discussed. Before going into South Africa´s specifics the theoretical framework of the paper is presented. This approach is then linked to the characteristics of negotiations. In conclusion it is argued that South Africa is a typical semi-peripheral country with an important share of its economy that is extraverted and with a structural heterogeneity of society. Since 1993 it could integrate into the world economy and increased its participation in world trade. Unfortunately, the gains of trade liberalisation were concentrated in specific sectors, whereas other sectors faced sharper competition on both domestic and foreign markets. South Africa´s extraversion is thus concentrated on a limited number of commodities. With respect to the SADC it can be claimed that this region became more integrated in South Africa´s value chain.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title South Africa´s Trade Agreements
Event Économie Politique Internationale et Nouvelles Régulations de la Mondialisation
Year 2009
Date 14.05.-15.05.
Country France
Location Poitiers
URL http://crief.labo.univ-poitiers.fr/spip.php?article106


Smet, Koen (Former researcher)
Department of Economics (Kubin) (Details)
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