Title
Identifying export opportunities for South Africa in the southern engines: A DSM approach Identifying export opportunities for South Africa in the southern engines: A DSM approach
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
article
Publication
Oxford ,
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
International business review. - Oxford
Volume/pages
19(2010) :4 , p. 345-359
ISSN
0969-5931
ISI
000279206800003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Brazil, China and India have been described as southern engines of growth in the world economy. By 2050, these three countries could count under the top 5 largest economies in the world. This implies many opportunities for international trade. Governments could facilitate such international trade by helping firms identify feasible export opportunities. In this paper we set out a decision support model (DSM) to assist in the identification of such opportunities. We illustrate the potential usefulness of the model by applying it to the case of South Africathe first time that we are aware of that it has been applied to an African country. The DSM indicates that there exist significant opportunities for South African exporters in southern engines of growth, in particular China and India, and to a lesser extent, Brazil.We identify 51 export opportunities in Brazil, 259 in China, and 198 in India. The number of export opportunities identified in China is the largest of any country, emphasizing the importance of the Chinese market for exports from South Africa.
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