Transitions to a future economy
The objective of the project is to examine trade flows into and out of the GCR and establish their potential contribution and costs to the GCR economy. In 2012/13 the project will focus on formal large scale trade flows and small and medium enterprise (SME) cross border trade with the rest of Africa, concentrating on SADC nationals involved in trade with the GCR. In 2013/14 the research focus will shift to intra- and interprovincial trade in and with the GCR. The project will explore the extent of formal trade taking place with the GCR including: the geographical extent of trade and transport networks; the volume and primary sectors of trade; and obstacles to and opportunities for trade. In the realm of SME trade it will examine: the spatial extent of trade and transport networks; types of goods; where goods are bought; use of the retail, wholesale and hospitality sectors; relationships with the informal and formal sectors; and obstacles to and opportunities for maximising benefits of SME trade for the future GCR economy.
Outputs in 2012/13
- Research report on formal sector trade and the GCR, including potential contributions to the GCR economy and analysis of opportunities and barriers to trade;
- Draft research report on SME cross border trade including potential impact on GCR economy and analysis of opportunities and barriers to trade;
- Journal article on trade and the GCR.