South Africa's post-apartheid foreign policy: towards a diplomacy of trade

Dullabh, Nitesh Amratlal (1994) South Africa's post-apartheid foreign policy: towards a diplomacy of trade. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This thesis attempts to argue that a post-apartheid foreign policy will no longer be based on seeking legitimacy for the South African Government. Instead, it argues that if South Africa wants to grow, both domestically and nternationally, it will be imperative for it (South Africa) to move from an import substitution trade policy to an export-oriented trade policy. It is further suggested that the export-led strategy will be an important component for the promotion of South African international trade in the post-Cold War era. South Africa cannot improve the status of its trade regime by its own doing. It will require the support and assistance of international organizations and hence, the international community. Following the principles, rules and procedures of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT); it is argued, will help South Africa reconstruct its trade policies on the basis that they are free, fair and above all competitive. Furthermore, maintaining a constantly favourable relationship with the international community will allow easy access to international markets for South African goods and services, and eventually the smooth integration of the South African economy in the international political economy. This study, noting the importance of trade with a dedicated commitment to exports, concludes that although exports would flourish, there will be an immediate need for diplomats to be conversant with contemporary international trade developments. This would require diplomats to be innovative, steadfast and disciplined in their day-to-day negotiations. In the final instance, the role of trade in South Africa's future will ultimately be determined by its trade postures and the type of diplomacy to be used by its diplomats.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Foreign policy, South Africa, Post-apartheid, Government, Legitimacy, Growth, Domestic, International, Trade policy, Import substitution, Export-oriented, Trade, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, GATT, Diplomats
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Political Studies and International Studies
ID Code:3554
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:02 Oct 2012 12:01
Last Modified:02 Oct 2012 12:01
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