Trade Policy and South Africa



Trade Policy and South Africa (module one)

Negotiating South Africa's inclusion in the Extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)


  • Provide insight into the world of trade negotiations and the use of institutional power by the dominant player (market size, political influence) and use of narrative/language to advance mercantilist interest 
  • Gain insight from South Africa bilateral relation 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 provider participants with insights into the actual world negotiations and what could be learnt from the SA-US AGOA negotiations

Module one will have six Sessions:

  • An overview of the theory of comparative advantage and the debate on free trade
  • An overview of the SA-EU TDCA and EPA negotiations and the discussion of the Africa EPAs
  • An overview of the SA-China and Africa- China trade relations
  • Background of the AGOA negotiations
  • A simulation of the AGOA negotiations
  • Reflections on the simulations

Outcomes of the course aspires to:

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

  • The role of power relation between player in trade negotiations and how this power is used in the process of the negotiation
  • An overview of the changing global trade architecture and South Africa relations with key bilateral trading partners
  • How ideas/language/narrative/research is used to advance particular interest and negotiating objectives of the dominant players

Workshop fees:
R8 000 (VAT included) per participant

Date: 09 to 11 May 2018

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

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Event Start Date: 
Wednesday, 9 May, 2018
Event End Date: 
Friday, 11 May, 2018
Event Venue: 
TIPS, 234 Lange Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
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