Foreign Direct Investment and Trade in the Southern African Development Community

Henri Bezuidenhout, Wim Naudé

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China, India, Brazil, and South Africa are reshaping the world economy. These Southern Engines countries have experienced a dramatic transformation in their productive and trade capabilities, consequently turning into global super powers. The current age of globalization, in which the Southern Engines have a primary role, faces a mixed set of interconnections wherein countries and economic agents are linked closely together by trade in goods and services, flows of capital, and movements of talent and skills. Much has been written about the spectacular performance of the Asian Giants, China and India. Arising from a UNU-WIDER research project, this book goes further by studying the substantial contribution of other large emerging countries such as Brazil and South Africa. Using a wealth of data, as well as case studies, the book provides a detailed history review of industrialization and economic development. This book explores the foundations of the Southern Engines development experiences, and how these could provide resourceful lessons to the developing world. Additionally, the foremost patterns of international politics and governance are dealt with and the book critically assesses how the Southern Engines have contributed to rebalance geopolitics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSouthern Engines of Global Growth
EditorsAmelia U. Santos-Paulino, Guanghua Wan
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199580606
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • exports
  • foreign direct investment
  • gravity model
  • SADC
  • South Africa

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