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Trade policy, the WTO and productive transformation strategies in a context of regional and bilateral trade agreements: perspectives from South Africa

03 November 2015
12:30 - 13:30

Nicolette Cattaneo, Department of Economics and Economic History,
Rhodes University in Grahamstown

Date:  3 November

Time: 12:30  – 13:30

   VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.

The BRICS countries need to be innovative in linking trade, industrial and technology policies for catch-up and development, particularly with the broadening of WTO rule-making to areas like services, investment, intellectual property protection and government procurement. This paper explores South Africa’s current policy approach on some of these issues and the lessons that can be learnt for moves to promote deeper economic cooperation within the BRICS grouping.

The paper argues that the BRICS countries should give pressing attention to the implications for development policy space of the proliferation of regional and bilateral agreements arising from the WTO Doha impasse and the potential impact of the ongoing ‘mega-regional’ FTA negotiations.  In this environment, the expansion of trade and investment relations among the BRICS countries must take careful account of the development policy goals and imperatives of the partner states.
Nicolette Cattaneo is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics and Economic History at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, where she has taught since 1990. She is co-course director of APORDE (the African Programme on Re-thinking Development Economics) and a member of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Economic Research Advisory Network (ERAN).  Her research areas are trade and industrial policy, regional integration and the impact of WTO and regional/bilateral trade agreements on development policy space.  She teaches trade and industrial policy and econometrics at Rhodes. She has research linkages with TIPS (Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies), as well as the HSRC’s BRICS Research Centre. She holds an MSc in Economics from Rhodes University.

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