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2009 AEC- Trade relations between the GCC and South Africa


First, I present an overview of major similarities and differences between the GCC countries and South Africa. Second, I describe South Africa’s trade with the Arab Gulf by examining South Africa and GCC’s major traded commodities and South Africa’s trade with its major trading partners and with the GCC countries. Third, I discuss those trade areas that seem to be most promising in South Africa’s trade relation with the six GCC countries. Finally, I outline potential future developments. While I primarily discuss these issues from the perspective of South Africa, I will also point out potential trade opportunities from GCC countries’ perspective.

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