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Unscrambling borders within Southern Africa: non-tariff barriers facing businesses in smaller states
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School, Marketing.
2014 (English)In: The development and sustainability of African business: The role of the African diaspora: Peer reviewed proceedings of the 15th IAABD annual conference / [ed] PD Rwelamila, Anita Spring, Toronto: Ryerson University , 2014, 78-90 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Despite long-standing rhetoric of facilitating trade within the economic regions in Southern Africa, little import and export actually takes place and volumes remain stagnant due to both perceptual and actual barriers. Hence the link between non-tariff trade barriers and export-import performance within SACU/SADC, as well as whether these vary with size and/or industry of the companies, deserves investigation. In-depth personal interviews were utilised for effectiveness in generating high-quality data to supplement that which is traditionally obtained via mail surveys, albeit done at higher cost. This research conducted in Botswana found that regardless of trade policies at a regional level, the national administrative regulations and ambiguity of enforcement at borders are the most significant trade barriers. Hence governments of smaller states need to cooperate in seeking equity of treatment while firms need to lobby those governments to do so urgently. The authors point out that borders imposed by colonial powers remain barriers to political unity and economic prosperity, even though borders have fallen between the former colonists in Europe. 

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Toronto: Ryerson University , 2014. 78-90 p.
Keyword [en]
regional trade, non-tariff barriers, export-import performance, border controls
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111984ISBN: 978-0-620-61095-7OAI: diva2:777363
International Academy of African Business and Development 15th Annual Conference, 26-29 May, 2014, Barbados
Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2016-03-10Bibliographically approved

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