Globalisation and Regional Economic Integration



  • Introduce participants to the theory and practice of international trade
  • Gain insight from South Africa’s bilateral relations with the EU, US and China and evaluate the changing global dynamics and implications for South Africa and the African Continent as a whole
  • Focus on AGOA in order to provide participants with insights into the actual world of negotiations and what could be learnt from the SA-US AGOA negotiations
  • Gain insight into the political economy of Africa’s regional trade integration including SACU, SADC, the TFTA and CFTA negotiations
  • Simulate the SACU trade negotiations with the aim to draw on lessons on the challenges and opportunities of regional integration
  • Simulate a WTO negotiation and gain insight into the workings of the multilateral trading system

Outcome that the course aspires:
Provide students with new and deep insights into an actual trade negotiation that will facilitate a discussion on:

  • Role of power relations between players in trade negotiations and how this power is used in the process of the negotiations
  • An overview of the changing global trade architecture and South Africa’s relations with key bilateral trading partners
  • How ideas/language/narratives/research are used to advance particular interests and negotiating objectives of the dominant players
  • Alternative approaches to trade negotiations and outcomes that are more equitable and development oriented

Module two will have 10 sessions:

  • Theory of Regional Integration: From David Ricardo to David Viner
  • A Critique of the Linear Integration Approach: Way forward - A Development Integration Approach to
  • Regional Integration
  • SACU – reform and modernization: opportunities and challenges
  • SADC – From SADCC to SADC FTA and Regional Industrialization
  • The TFTA – SADC/EAC/COMESA negotiations
  • The CFTA – the way forward?
  • The Changing Architecture of Global Trade: Africa in the Global Economy – Africa EU; AFRICA USA;
  • Africa China
  • Preparations for the SACU Simulation
  • Simulation of SACU – SA, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia
  • Reflections on the SACU – Lessons for regional integration in Africa?

Workshop fees:

R8 000 (VAT included) per participant

Date: 20 to 22 June 2018

Venue: TIPS, 234 Lange Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, PTA

Event Start Date: 
Wednesday, 20 June, 2018
Event End Date: 
Friday, 22 June, 2018
Event Venue: 
TIPS, 234 Lange Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
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