This study investigates the trade effects of the EU-SA and SADC preferential trade agreements of which
South Africa is a member. Using a panel data estimation of the gravity model of bilateral trade and based on
data from 1994 to 2008, the study finds the EU-SA preferential trade agreement to have a significant trade
expansion effect. The study further reveals that an informative conclusion on trade effects of the SADC
preferential trade agreement can only be reached once the agreement has been fully operational. The study
also recommends that trade policy in South Africa should increasingly be geared towards broad-based
multilateral liberalisation. In addition, South Africa should promote regional economic stability and
development through supporting regional trade agreement initiatives.
Hodgkinson, Ann; Jordaan, Andre Cillie(Agenda Feminist Media, 2006)
Australia, previously a strong supporter of multilateral trade liberalisation,
recently began negotiating a series of free trade agreements with countries
in the Asia-Pacific region. This paper explores, at a conceptual ...
Vickers, Brendan(University of Pretoria, Department of Political Sciences, 2014)
Over the past 20 years of democracy, there has been a strategic
reorientation of South Africa's trade policy. In the early 1990s, the postapartheid
state undertook extensive tariff reform, driven by its multilateral