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59 pages

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July 2017

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TABLE OF CONTENT


Comprehensive View On The Economy

1.      Economic structure

Part of the country’s economic profile, economic structure section gives readers useful views to understand what matters for the South African economy.

KEY QUESTIONS ADDRESSED

  • What is the size of the South Africa’s economy in relation to world’s major economies?
  • What is the size of South Africa’s population?
  • What is the demographic structure of South Africa? Is it favorable for economic growth?
  • How has the structure of South Africa’s GDP changed over the years?
  • How much does the South Africa’s economy rely on external trade?
  • What are the key regions for the South African economy?
  • How does economic freedom in South Africa compare to others?

2.      Competitiveness

Part of the country’s economic profile, this section explores South Africa’s competitiveness in the global level. It also covers the country’s attractiveness to foreign direct investment.

KEY QUESTIONS ADDRESSED

  • Which stage of economic development is the South Africa’s economy in?
  • How is the average wage in South Africa compared to others in the region?
  • How has the labor productivity in South Africa changed over the years and in relation with comparable countries?
  • How competitive is South Africa?
  • How are South Africa’s competitive factors compared to those of other countries?
  • Is it easy to do business in South Africa?
  • What are most problematic factors in doing business in South Africa?
  • How good is South Africa in attracting Foreign Direct Investment?

3.      Economic development

Part of the country’s economic profile, this section explores South Africa’s economic development, average income and its distribution, poverty as well as other development indicators.

KEY QUESTIONS ADDRESSED

  • What is the level of income for an average person in South Africa?
  • Is there still a lot of poor people in South Africa? How does it compare to others?
  • Is unemployment the issue for South Africa?
  • How is income distributed in South Africa and how does it compare to others?
  • What is the current level of human development in South Africa?
  • How has quality of life in South Africa changed over the years?

4.      Economic growth

Part of the country’s economic outlook, this section explores South Africa’s recent economic growth, its key drivers and well as the growth outlook for the coming years.

KEY QUESTIONS ADDRESSED

  • What has been the growth rate of South Africa’s economy over the past 10 years and how does it compare with others?
  • What were the key growth drivers for the South Africa’s economy in the last year?
  • What were the source of growth for South Africa’s economy in the last 5 quarters?
  • What is the growth outlook for South Africa’s economy over the next 3 years and how does it compare with others?
  • How has the growth outlook for South Africa changed over the past few months?

5.      Economic stability (Macro risks)

Part of the country’s economic outlook, this section explores South Africa’s macro-economic risks, including inflation, financial sector, budget deficit as well as balance of payment and exchange rate.

KEY QUESTIONS ADDRESSED

  • What is the risk of inflation in South Africa and how does it compare with others?
  • How healthy is the South Africa’s banking sector?
  • What is the fiscal risk in South Africa?
  • What is the likelihood of raising tax?
  • What is the balance of payment risk for South Africa?
  • How good is the country in getting foreign exchange by the mean of commerce?
  • Does South Africa have enough international reserves to service its debt and for import?
  • What is the FX risk? How has the ZAR performed compared to other currencies?

Appendix 1: Key Economic Projections 2016-2022

From IMF’s World Economic Outlook Report April 2017.

  • GDP growth
  • Inflation
  • Population
  • Unemployment rate
  • Government budget and debt
  • Current account

Appendix 2: DOING BUSINESS 2017

Detailed rankings and scores for South Africa and comparable economies.

  • Starting a business
  • Dealing with construction permits
  • Getting electricity
  • Registering property
  • Getting credit
  • Protecting Minority Investors
  • Paying taxes
  • Trading across borders
  • Enforcing contracts
  • Resolving Insolvency