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Inside Southern African Trade (INSAT)

Southern Africa Global Competitiveness Hub

Issue 5, June 2006

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In this issue we look at logistics, transport and customs in the region. We find out what it takes to get goods to markets in Southern Africa, where we have come from, and where we are headed.

Recent studies by the World Bank, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and others have attempted to quantify the potential losses or gains that can be attributed to either poor or excellent trade facilitation. World Trade Organization (WTO) Members are also negotiating an agreement in this area.

The findings of these studies are informative but, even without such academic studies, it is obvious that high logistics and transport costs will negatively impact a company’s ability to compete. This is especially clear considering that logistics costs in Southern Africa are almost double those of many of its trading partners and competitors elsewhere in the world.

In this issue we refl ect on what is needed to create an environment in which business can compete and flourish.

We hope that you will enjoy this issue of INSAT and invite you to share your opinions and suggestions with us: .

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