Economist warns free trade agreements can be “job killers”

14 June 2018 – Free trade agreements can be “job killing” in the poorer countries who sign up to such agreements, and exert a downward pressure on wages even in advanced countries, warns Nobel Prize winning economist. Read more…


South Africa has all legislative and policy tools for land redistribution – politics, patronage and governance paralysis have made it impossible so far

5 June 2018 – The blunt reality is that the legislative and policy tools for land redistribution, restitution and reform to redress landlessness and inequality have existed for most of democratic South Africa. Read more…


IMD 2018 Global Competitiveness Report

24 May 2018 – Competitiveness index shows SA is still drifting. Read more…


China adjusts “Go Global” agriculture program

17 May 2018 – China’s foreign investment and cooperation in agriculture must recognize the “deep changes in the domestic and foreign environment,” “seize opportunities” and “take the initiative” according to exhortations issued at a Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Read more…


Fresh Plaza News

14 May 2018 – South Africa’s fresh produce industry unaffected by Egypt listeriosis ban. Read more…


China’s agricultural investment abroad is risin

10 May 2018 – China’s need for agricultural resources and technology and the country’s considerable financial clout are driving rapid growth in Chinese investment in agriculture and food sectors abroad. The trend reflects the growing global ambitions of Chinese companies, and it is attracting the attention of business and government leaders around the world. Read more…


Why Australia really wants a free trade deal with the EU

28 April 2018 – The EU bloc is already Australia’s second-largest trading partner behind China with two-way trade. Read more…


EIU report: World Trade in 2018

20 April 2018 – Trade war brewing? The IEU expect the ongoing trade dispute between China and the US to escalate further in 2018, threatening the strong global economic performance seen recently.


Brexit´s implications for the rest of the world

4 April 2018 – Brexit has become an all-consuming issue for many in the United Kingdom. Hardly a day goes past without some new angle or discussion in the media and political world about what sort of Brexit we might be heading for. So, while in the UK the debate will continue, it’s worth considering how other parts of the world might be looking at this issue. Read more…