Over the past month, staff members of the School have been traveling!
Prof Sonja Grater was invited to take part in two workshops arranged by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), held in Divonne-les-Bains, France, on the 13th and 14th of June 2017. The first day was dedicated to forming a Gender Advisory Group for the ICTSD that could assess the current work that has been done by the ICTSD on trade and gender equality, and also plan several ways forward for further research projects on this topic. The group will revisit the progress that has been made in September 2017. The second day was a broader seminar focussed on the role of private sustainability standards in global value chains and understanding the impact that it has on realising sustainable development and growth. The group that attended this session will also be working together on possible further research into this topic.
The short break between semesters is the conference season, and if you are lucky you could also get good news about publications.
In the latest issue of Africa Growth Agenda magazine staff from the School of Economics have three of the four articles and we are always happy to tell everyone of work being published:
- Global Value Chains: A New Era For South Africa’s Foreign Trade – Prof. P D F Strydom & Prof. Wilma Viviers.
- South Africa’s Export Diversification Options: The End Of The Road For Traditional Export Markets? – Prof. Marianne Matthee.
- To “Spot” And “Point”: Managing Waste Pickers’ Access To Landfill Waste In The North-West Province – Prof. P F Blaauw, Dr. J M M Viljoen, Prof. C J Schenck and Prof. E C Swart.
On Thursday last week Prof Wilma Viviers hosted a WTO-TRADE round table discussion on Global Value Chains, export promotion and trade facilitation.
The topic is inspired by recent work by Richard Baldwin and Marcel Timmer and their co-authors. The argument is that trade and industrialisation works differently in the era of fragmented production across global value chains and this holds implications for the export promotion and trade facilitation research done by the WTO-TRADE group.
The event included extraordinary Professors Peet Strydom and Ludo Cuyvers as well as colleagues from Economics, Agricultural economics, Law, Political science and Engineering. Prof Raymond Parsons of the Business School was also there and policymakers from the Department of Trade and Industry.
Prof Peet gave an overview of global value chains in South Africa and the many constraints that foreign and local firms in these networks face. Prof Ludo compared outward FDI promotion, inward FDI promotion and export promotion within the context of global value chains.
This blog will be reporting more about the research done by this group throughout the year.