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Stability, Poverty Reduction, and South African trade and investment in Southern Africa

Presented by SARPN and the EU's CWCI Fund

29-30 March, 2004

HSRC Conference Facility (Forum 150)

134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria

SARPN would like to acknowledge the financial support from the EU's CWCI fund in holding this conference.
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Day One (29th March 2004)

8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome and Opening
9:15 - 9:45 Keynote Address
Bridging the divide between South Africa and the Region through development
Minister Jeff Radebe (Dept. of Public Enterprise)
9:45 - 10:15 Discussion
10:15 - 11:00 Panel One: SA's trade and investment patterns in the region
Chair: Prof. Margaret C. Lee (Georgetown University, Washington D.C.)
  1. Trade and Investment in the region.
    Richard Kamidza (SEATINI)
  2. Mapping SA trade and investment in the region.
    Dr. Reg Rumney (BusinessMap)
  3. Understanding SA's engagement with the region: Has the Leopard changed its spots?
    Sanusha Naidu and Jessica Lutchman (HSRC)
11:00 - 11:30 Discussion
11:30 - 12: 30 Panel Two: Voices from the region on SA trade and investment
Chair: M.J. Musonda (COMESA Secretariat)
  1. What is the experience of SA trade and investment on growth and development of host economies? A view from Mozambique
    Prof. Castel- Branco (Economist - Mozambique)
  2. Do SA corporates play by the rules? Selected Case Studies in Zambia and Kenya
    Frywell Chirwar, Consumer Unity and Trust Society (Cuts) (Zambia)
  3. SA corporate expansion and Zimbabwe's economic regeneration
    Eddie Cro Economic Adviso MDC
12:30 - 13:15 Discussion
13:15 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:45 Panel Discussion: Doing Business in Southern Africa: Opportunities and Constraints
Chair: Sanusha Naidu (HSRC/SARPN)
IDC Representative
Iraj Abejian (Standard Bank)
Niezaam Davids (Vodacom)
15:45 - 16:00 Tea/Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00 Discussion

Day Two (30th March 2004)

8:30 - 09:30 Panel Three: Critical Reflections
Chair: Dr. Garth Le Pere (Institute for Global Dialogue
  1. The impact of SA corporate expansion on labour in Africa: Relevent Case Studies
    Devan Pillay (NALEDI)
  2. Constraining the 'Unconstrained': South Africa's Hegemonic Obligations in Africa
    Prof. Adam Habib (HSRC)
09:30 - 9:50 Respondent:
Dr. Moses Tekere (Trades)
09:50 - 10: 35 Discussion
10:35 - 10:50 Tea/Coffee Break
10:50 - 11:50 Panel Four: Mapping the way forward: Strategies and Frameworks
Chair: Peter Draper (SAIIA)
  1. Harmonising trade relations between RECs: The case of SADC and COMESA
    Mrs Chawe Mpande (Trade and Integration - COMESA Secretariat)
  2. Regulating investment: Truth or Dare?
    Dr. Senaoana (Macroeconomic Policy Advisor - SADC
    Investment Council
11:50 - 12:40 Discussion
12:40 - 13:00 Summary and Closure
Richard Humphries (SARPN)
13:00 Lunch

The programme is subject to change.

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