NEWSLETTER ISSUE #2/2016       

Guest lecturers get TRADE staff and students thinking
 
The NWU School of Economics, together with TRADE, are fortunate to be able to draw on a wide pool of contacts to deliver guest lectures to staff and students on developments in different fields or industry sectors, and the impact thereof on both formal policy and everyday business decisions. Some recent events are outlined below.
 
In February, Dr Gustav Brink from XA Consultants gave a talk on trade remedies and the dispute settlement process at the WTO. Then in March, Mr Philip Wylie, a freight and logistics consultant, gave a presentation on how and why trade facilitation (with special emphasis on infrastructure development) is a critical element in the region’s drive to become more competitive.
 
In April, well-known trade policy expert, Mr Peter Draper of Tutwa Consulting, gave a talk on the current state of SA-US trade relations and what the options are for South Africa when AGOA eventually expires.  He emphasised the importance of South Africa adopting a pragmatic approach to trade negotiations with the US – even in the face of ideological differences between the two countries – because South Africa can ill afford to pursue an isolationist policy.
 
In May, Prof Nik Theodore from the University of Illinois in the USA gave a lecture titled: ‘Exploiting frontier zones in the SA economy: Migration and day labour in Tshwane’. Prof Theodore spoke about the hardship experienced by the day labourer community in South Africa, which is often magnified in the case of migrants from elsewhere in Africa.
 
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