Peter Draper

Senior Research Fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs

Peter Draper is Senior Research Fellow in the Economic Diplomacy programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs. His expertise is in trade and investment policy and negotiations, and international business regulation, with specific reference to South and Southern Africa and their relations with the U.S., EU, ​​China and India and the World Trade Organization. his specialties include: Analysis of negotiating options concerning trade and investment policy, and related consulting experience. His other domestic affiliations are: Adjunct Professor at Wits Business School; Senior Consultant to the India, Brazil, and South Africa think tank consortium at the Centre for Development and Enterprise; and Research Associate of the Department of Political Science at the University of Pretoria; while his current international affiliations include: board member of the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis; non-resident senior fellow of the Brussels-based European Centre for International Political Economy; vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Trade; and member of the brains trust of the Evian Group at IMD Lausanne. He holds a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal).

Bridges news

1 December 2014
Although the final substance and eventual ratification of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations remain uncertain, the ability of African nations to diversify market opportunities, integrate their economies in global value chains and...
9 October 2014
Jusqu’à la récente réunion ministérielle de Bali de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC), le Cycle de Doha était totalement bloqué. En conséquence, de nombreux pays ont cherché à poursuivre leurs intérêts commerciaux ailleurs, en particulier par l’intermédiaire d’accords commerciaux...
6 May 2013
Le « discours » sur les chaînes de valeur mondiales (CVM) est contesté au regard des inquiétudes soulevées par certains. Il serait en effet développé dans le but de fournir aux pays développés des arguments pour contourner le Cycle de Doha à l'OMC, et imposer un agenda de la libéralisation peu...
18 March 2013
There is a surge of interest in the implications of global value chains. These encompass a wholesale reconceptualisation of trade statistics, a renewed focus on the importance of services in economic development, and the possibilities for leveraging GVCs to drive rapid and sustainable growth in...
18 October 2012
Cet article met l’accent sur les avantages de l’adoption d’une approche axée sur une « multilatéralisation du régionalisme » qui pourrait permettre à la région d’exploiter dans le moyen terme les potentialités découlant des changements dans la chaîne de valeur globale. L’existence d’un régime...
18 April 2012
The article focuses on the benefits of pursuing a “multilateralizing regionalism” approach that could allow the region to tap the potential arising from global value chain shifts in the medium run. The existence of a healthy multilateral trade regime is crucial to resolving an array of future trade...
10 April 2012
Seul un régime commercial multilatéral sain peut résoudre certaines futures questions commerciales clés, notamment la réduction et l’élimination des subventions à l’agriculture, à la pêche et aux énergies fossiles. Celles-ci sont particulièrement nocives pour le développement durable. Cependant, la...
20 June 2011
Le soutien à l'intégration régionale africaine a la cote, tant auprès des élites du continent que de ses partenaires internationaux de développement. L'objectif déclaré de l'Union africaine de mettre en place un programme d'intégration économique au niveau continental, la Communauté économique...
14 June 2011
Support for regional economic integration in Africa runs high amongst the continent's international development partners and African elites. This is most loftily expressed in the African Union's stated goal of achieving a continental economic integration scheme, the African Economic Community, by...
5 August 2009
Les tensions autour de l'avenir de l'Union douanière de l'Afrique australe (the Southern African Customs Union - SACU) et des relations commerciales avec l'UE, sont en hausse comme l'a reflétée récemment, la large couverture médiatique. Malheureusement, ces tensions sont si complexes qu'elles...
5 August 2009
Tensions over the future of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and trade relations with the EU are rising, as reflected in the plethora of recent media reports. Unfortunately they are so complex that they defy simple categorisation. The most difficult problem concerns the future of revenue...
1 May 2007
The European Union and its former colonies in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific are nearing the conclusion of new potentially far-reaching trading arrangements. For Africa, reaching the right outcome is vital. The Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and six regional blocks of...