Research Agenda

Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa

This paper analyses Sub-Saharan Africa in terms of the ease of doing business in these countries.  Despite high growth in many Sub-Saharan economies, per capita income has remained relatively low in most of these countries.  Moreover, the World Bank / IFC Ease of Doing Business Index shows that most of the Sub-Saharan countries feature in the bottom half of the index.  In terms of trading across borders, even fewer countries feature among the top 100 countries in this index.  The paper also addresses the aspects of legal protection included in the index and presents the most problematic factors when it comes to doing business in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Matric Results 2013: A Reason for Celebration or for Concern for the Financial Sector?
This research paper takes a closer look at the latest matric results.  Matric pass rates are often used as an indicator of the state of education in South Africa.  However, a focus on overall matric pass rates hides key indicators such as the number of pupils who qualify for tertiary education, the general quality of passes and the number of pupils who pass Mathematics and Science.  These subjects are vital as their knowledge and the skills developed by these subjects are indispensable in many sectors of the South African economy.  The subjects are important prerequisites to enter a profession in many fields, particularly in the financial sector, which is one of the sectors in South Africa that is affected by the skills shortage.  In order to increase the supply of suitably skilled professionals such that the rising demand of the economy can be met, both the quantity and the quality of skilled professionals needs to grow so as to keep pace with the changing and increasing demands of the financial sector.
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