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Global Business in Local Culture: The Impact of Embedded Multinational Enterprises.   Preview here>

The new free trade deal replacing the current regional and bilateral trade agreements covers more than 1.2 billion people with a combined GDP of around $3.4 trillion across Africa. This Special Issue builds on the optimism and pessimism of different experts on the impacts of the agreement. Some expert’s worry the whole exercise could be “unworkably large” and will not address the real reasons why intra-Africa trade is low. The infrastructure needed to facilitate intra-regional business is poor, and most countries don’t produce many finished goods that their neighbours want.

The best policy intentions to protect the general public have a downside. Non-tariff measures are more solicited since their effects are more direct than tariffs.

(Deardorff 1987)

The creation of a regional common market is in itself insufficient to stimulate the development of a relatively capital and knowledge-intensive backward linkage sector.

(Jourdan, P., Grynberg, R., Singogo F., 2018)

Challenges in translating the AfCFTA into industrial development also depend on the institutional capacity to implement it as well as on progress on good governance across the continent.

(Milasoa Chérel-Robson 2018)

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Why smaller companies make the most valuable partners

08 Jan 2019 Tarek Sultan Al Essa Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of the Board, Agility Smaller businesses need their own ecosystems. They require products, services, partners and collaborators that speed their digital journey; help them enter new markets; allow them to deploy their data; and give them access to scale-building technology that sharpens their Read More …

Business sans Borders

A collaborative AI-driven global solutions hub to foster SME digitalisation Singapore, 12 November 2018 The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) are partnering with six private sector partners to create a Proof of Concept (“POC”) hybrid business data and digital solutions hub.  The initiative will leverage on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Read More …

ATDF Journal: African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

ATDF Journal-AfCFTA Volume 9, Issue 2 2018 on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) looks at Economic Transformation and Regional Integration in Africa. Till now, the role of intra-African trade has been limited as African economies trade relatively little between themselves. Now, African leaders are determined to change that. The signing of the African Continental Read More …

The Development of a Continental Services Market: An Opportunity for Africa’s Transformation

Africa is appealing to business in two ways, its low-cost resources and free-trade agreements that promote trade across half the continent. Transformative is the word most commonly used when people refer to the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). A primary aim of this ambitious effort is the expansion of intra-African trade by lowering the Read More …

In Memory of Calestous Juma

Philipp Aerni, December 20, 2017 Kenyan-born Harvard Kennedy School professor Calestous Juma died on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the age of 64. He was a member of the advisory board of the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS) at the University of Zurich and gave his last talk at CCRS on February 19, Read More …

ATDF Journal: Embeddedness and Sustainability of MNC’s

This ATDF Journal discusses embeddedness and assessing the quality and extent of «local embeddedness» as a sustainability indicator that captures the positive externalities generated by multinational companies for the local economy the local environment, and the local community and its transformation. The term ‘embeddedness’ has been shaped and re-shaped by the research of economic sociologists Read More …

From Philanthropy to Business: When Transformation is the Only Way to Stay True to Your Mission

Ulrich Frei – Director, FUNDES International, Costa Rica Isabelle Schluep – Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Zurich Abstract The sustainable development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Latin America is FUNDES’ mission and reason for being. The work of FUNDES involves targeted learning among its customers that can Read More …

Chinese official development assistance (ODA)boosts economic growth in recipient countries study finds.

Authors: Dreher, Axel and Fuchs, Andreas and Parks, Bradley and Strange, Austin M. and Tierney, Michael J., October 2017. The new study finds that Chinese official development assistance (ODA) boosts economic growth in recipient countries. But find no robust evidence that World Bank aid promotes growth. The authors use a new dataset of official financing Read More …

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