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Sustainable Development through Free Trade Agreements? : An analysis of the effectiveness of the SADC Economic Partnership Agreement regarding its main objective to increase sustainable development

Dirkes, Carina (2019) Sustainable Development through Free Trade Agreements? : An analysis of the effectiveness of the SADC Economic Partnership Agreement regarding its main objective to increase sustainable development.

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Abstract:Sustainable Development through Free Trade Agreements? This highly debated topic will be addressed within this research, answering the research question to what extent the SADC Economic Partnership Agreement achieves its objective of sustainable development within South Africa. Therefore, this research first examines the consistency of the SADC EPA and the Agenda 2063, representing the African Unions Interest. Thereafter, the change in the level of sustainable development will be assessed. The final step of the analysis will then be to further include the perception of the SADC EPA by South African researchers and journalists. To conclude, policy recommendations, based on the research outcomes will be made. Based on the research outcomes, the article claims for an adaption of the ACP EPAs. Instead of concluding regional reciprocal trade agreements, the article argues to first (1) establish an African Continental Free Trade Agreement, (2) increase the ACP countries level on global value chains, establishing labour-intensive manufacturing export activities and lastly (3) establish an Economic Partnership Agreement with the African Union as a whole, in order to increase its pan-African vision of Unity.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78915
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