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Administrative Barriers to Foreign Investment : Reducing Red Tape in Africa

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Abstract: The book consists of two papers which provide an overview of administrative barriers in Africa, and a very in-depth look at how one country, Mozambique, used a very large foreign investment as a mechanism to begin to tear them down. The first paper is based on a series of country-specific studies on administrative barriers done by Foreign Investment Advisory Service (FIAS) and the United States Agency for International Development. These studies covered Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, and Uganda. Each country study relied on review of primary materials, laws, and regulations. The second paper is a detailed look at how the administrative barriers that existed in Mozambique threatened to derail the huge Mozal aluminum smelter that was proposed by South African investors. Not only were the barriers overcome for this special project but also the Government used the knowledge gained in the process to reduce barriers for all investors and establish institutions that could facilitate other investments. The message in both papers is that administrative barriers constitute a significant impediment to foreign direct investment in Africa. Many of the administrative procedures required of investors have no real justification. Removal of unnecessary barriers and streamlining other administrative procedures require detailed efforts by governments involving the exercise of significant political leadership.
Type: Publications & Research :: Publication
Publications & Research :: Publication
Link: 0-8213-4629-6
http://hdl.handle.net/10986/15192
Subject: BUREAUCRACY
BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
FOREIGN INVESTMENTS
FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENTS
ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE
FOREIGN EXCHANGE CONTROL
ECONOMIC LIBERALIZATION
INVESTMENT BARRIERS
FOREIGN COMPANIES
LICENCING ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES
BILATERAL INVESTMENT
BILATERAL INVESTMENT TREATIES
CAPITAL FLIGHT
CAPITAL MARKETS
COLLABORATION
COMMERCIAL BANKS
COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE
COMPETITIVENESS
COMPOUNDING
CONSUMER GOODS
CPI
CUSTOMS
CUSTOMS UNION
DEBT
DEMOCRACY
DOMESTIC MARKETS
DONOR AGENCIES
ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
ECONOMIC GROWTH
ECONOMIC LIBERALIZATION
ECONOMIC POLICIES
ECONOMIC POLICY REFORM
ECONOMIC PROGRESS
EMPLOYMENT
EXCHANGE RATES
EXPLOITATION
EXPORT PROCESSING ZONES
EXPORT TAXES
EXPORTS
FEASIBILITY STUDIES
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
FINANCIAL MARKETS
FINANCIAL SECTOR
FINANCIAL SUPPORT
FISHERIES
FISHING
FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT
FOREIGN EXCHANGE CONTROLS
FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRANSACTIONS
FOREIGN FIRMS
FOREIGN INVESTMENT
FOREIGN INVESTOR
FOREIGN INVESTORS
FOREIGN TRADE
FORESTRY
GDP
GDP PER CAPITA
GLOBAL TRADE
IMPORTS
INCOME
INFLATION
INTEREST RATES
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
INVESTMENT CLIMATE
INVESTMENT CLIMATES
INVESTMENT FLOWS
INVESTMENT INCENTIVES
INVESTMENT LEVELS
INVESTMENT POLICY
INVESTMENT REGIMES
LEGISLATION
LIBERALIZING TRADE
MARKET ECONOMIES
MEMBER COUNTRIES
MONEY SUPPLY
NON-TARIFF BARRIERS
OIL
POLICY MAKERS
POLICY REFORMS
POLITICAL LEADERSHIP
PORTFOLIO
POSTAL SERVICES
POVERTY ALLEVIATION
PRICE CONTROLS
PRIVATE INVESTMENT
PRIVATE INVESTORS
PRIVATE SECTOR
PRODUCERS
PROFITABILITY
PUBLIC SECTOR
PUBLIC SERVICES
QUOTAS
REFORM PROGRAMS
REGULATORY ISSUES
RENT SEEKING
SOCIAL SECURITY
STATEMENTS
STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT
TARIFF STRUCTURES
TAXATION
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
TRADE LIBERALIZATION
TRADERS
VALUE-ADDED TAXES
WORLD MARKET




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