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Trade News

US cautions on parallel imports

By: System Author     7th April 2000 The top US commercial representative in South Africa has warned about the possible dangers of the parallel importation of pharmaceuticals into this country. 

SA suffers a ‘paltry’ FDI share

By: System Author     7th April 2000 South Africa’s share of the world’s foreign direct investment spend since 1994 has been ‘paltry’ and remains a major restraining factor on growth in the economy. 

Reducing municipalities spurs business

By: System Author     31st March 2000 Against a background of widespread ineffectiveness by cash-strapped local authorities, and, in certain instances, failures by local governments to spend resources allocated for capital projects. 

Optimism for economy and industry

By: System Author     31st March 2000 Bearings & bushes 

Free-trade II gets going

By: System Author     31st March 2000 The implementation of South Africa’s second free-trade agreement took a step closer with a meeting in South Africa this week. 

North Africa beckons SA

By: System Author     31st March 2000 The North African state of Tunisia is eager to promote trade and investment with South Africa. 

The SADC puzzle: ‘such a deserving concept’ or ‘such a damned curse’?

By: System Author     24th March 2000 South Africa has opted for regional integration as one of the tenets of its political, economic and social agenda, identifying the development of the subcontinent as a significant building block in President Thabo Mbeki’s dream of an African Renaissance. 

Opinion

By: System Author     24th March 2000 Editorial 

Software to integrate strategic functions

By: System Author     24th March 2000 A new suite of software products will enable local fast-moving consumer-goods manufacturers to focus their entire organisation on strategic planning and decision-making. 

Inflation targeting – correct policy or ‘flavour of the month’?

By: System Author     24th March 2000 Building the Nation 

SA textiles hope to ride coat tails of US Bill

By: System Author     17th March 2000 The South African textile industry is awaiting a final decision on the US’s African Growth and Opportunity Act, following positive talks between members of the South African Textile Federation, the South African Textile Industry Export Council and the US government. 

Free-trade agreement on fast track

By: System Author     17th March 2000 A free-trade agreement between Southern Africa and the Common Market of the South could be reached within 36 months. 

Opinion

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Editorial 

Positive contribution to economy needed

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Association of Inspection Authorities 

Make-or-break year for SDIs

By: System Author     25th February 2000 With the worst symptoms of the Asian flu in South Africa cured, 2000 could spell success or disaster for the DTI’s spatial development initiative programme, which is to be relaunched by mid-2000. 

Minimum standards laid down

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Association of Inspection Authorities 

New scheme beneficial locally

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Association of Inspection Authorities 

Single accreditation body created

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Association of Inspection Authorities 

New communication system to boost SA firm

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Association of Inspection Authorities 

Merger of inspection authorities takes place

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Association of Inspection Authorities 

Council reviewing recognition for inspectors under revised Act

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Association of Inspection Authorities 

Law No1 request as 85% pledge to increase African investment

By: System Author     18th February 2000 It is true that the most recent meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, was dominated by the issue of the Internet and how it is reshaping the world. 

Light engineering: next big foreign investment

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Manufacturers’ confidence for increased sales and production continues to grow, and, sur- prisingly, light engineering was expected to be next in line as a significant foreign investment attraction. 

What new taxis must have

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Some stringent technical criteria have been set down for the South African, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese and Indian vehicle producers bidding to supply the new purpose-built taxi fleet. 

Now it’s the CPPP programme

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Slow but steady progress is being made to develop the rural economy through the community public-private partnership programme. 

The men with a South South trade mission

By: System Author     18th February 2000 On February 28, Brazilian Foreign Minister Luiz Felipe Lampreia will arrive in South Africa to inaugurate a new era in relations between this country and South Africa. 

Designers bow to needs of informal traders

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Taking into consideration that the informal sector constitutes about 5% to 8% of the country’s gross domestic product, encouraging small business is becoming a big priority in South Africa. 

Turks in R620m African investment safari

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Turkish international and multibillion-dollar turnover company Kombassan officially opened its doors to trade in South Africa in January. 

New export council is ‘average’

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Plastics, petrochemicals and synfibres 

Making inroads into export market

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Plastics, petrochemicals and synfibres 

Benefits from EU–SA trade deal

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Plastics, petrochemicals and synfibres 

SA moves to plug SADC loopholes

By: System Author     28th January 2000 The Southern African Development Community free trade area negotiations have been upgraded to director-general and principal secretary level in an effort to overcome the current impasse in discussions. 

Gateway to Arab world beckons SA business

By: System Author     28th January 2000 For the past 5 000 or so years the land now called Lebanon has been the great entrep 

Tough trading year

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Machine tools 

Five-year slog wins 15% reward for valve makers

By: System Author     21st January 2000 The flagging valves industry is set to be boosted by a 15% import duty, imposed by the Department of Trade and Industry. 

Economy set to grow – Sacob

By: System Author     21st January 2000 An economic growth level of between 3% and 3,5% is predicted for this year, which is welcome news following the disappointing 1% figure that was reached last year. 

Now South talks free-trade deal

By: System Author     21st January 2000 NEWSBREAK: The Brazilian embassy in Pretoria has confirmed that talks are to begin at the end of this month on a free-trade agreement between South America’s Common Market of the South and South Africa. 

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