Business in Southern Africa (Bachelor's Degree Africa)

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Business in Southern Africa (Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business, e-learning, fourth semester)


Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business

Subject - “Doing Business in Southern Africa” (9 ECTS) - Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business (fourth semester)

Doing Business in Southern Africa

The main objective of the subject “Doing Business in Southern Africa”, is to offer a global vision of the Southern African markets.

  1. To learn to do business in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
  2. To understand the importance of the SADC (Southern African Development Community) and the SACU (Southern African Customs Union)
  3. To analyse the business opportunities, International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the Southern African Countries
  4. To know the main Southern African Businessmen
  5. To know the main ports and Trans-African corridors of Southern Africa
  6. To develop a Business Plan for Southern Africa

Southern Africa Integration

Syllabus of the Program: Southern African Customs Union (SACU).

  1. Introduction to the Southern African Customs Union (SACU): the oldest Customs Union of the World
  2. Structure of the SACU and their institutions
  3. Committees of the SADC: agriculture, customs, international trade, industry, transport, and finance
  4. Economic profile of the region of the SACU: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Swaziland
  5. Southern African Customs Union Agreement (SACU) 2002
  6. Foreign trade facilitation in the region of the SACU
    1. Customs Development Program WCO-SACU
    2. Income management
    3. Customs Policy
    4. Common external tariff
  7. SACU's Free Trade Agreements
    1. Agreements under negotiation with the MERCOSUR, the European Union, the United States, the East African Community, China
  8. History of the SACU
  9. Development and Research Policy of the SACU
  10. Statistics databases of the Southern African Customs Union

Objectives of the Program “Southern African Customs Union (SACU)”:

  1. To understand the objectives, structure, and committees of Southern African Customs Union (SACU)
  2. To evaluate the advantages for the member countries of the SACU and the areas of cooperation
  3. To know the socio-economic context of the countries of the region of Southern Africa
  4. To analyse the Southern African Customs Union Agreement
  5. To analyse the programs on trade facilitation and liberalisation of the SACU
  6. To explore the free trade agreements of the SACU

Southern African Customs Union (SACU)-European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Free Trade Agreement

  1. Introduction to the Southern African Customs Union (SACU)-EFTA Free Trade Agreement
  2. Topics covered in the SACU-EFTA Trade Agreement
  3. International Trade between the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) and the Southern African Customs Union (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland)

India-Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Preferential Trade Agreement

  1. Introduction to the India-Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Preferential Trade Agreement
  2. International Trade between the Republic of India and South Africa

European Union-Southern African Development Community (SADC) Free Trade Agreement

  1. Introduction to the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC)
  2. Foreign Trade Liberalisation

Syllabus of the Program: Doing Business in Botswana

  1. Introduction to Botswana
  2. Economy of Botswana
  3. Key sectors of the economy:
    1. Leather
    2. Pharmaceutical products
    3. Mining
    4. Cattle
  4. International Trade of Botswana
  5. Trade Agreements of Botswana
  6. Doing Business in Gaborone
  7. Invest in Botswana
  8. Case Study:
    1. Debswana (diamonds)
    2. Botswana telecommunications
  9. Access to the Botswana's market
  10. Business Plan for Botswana

Objectives of the Program “Doing Business in Botswana”:

  1. To learn to do business in Botswana
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in Botswana
  3. To investigate the trade relations of Botswana with the country of the student
  4. To know the trade agreements of Botswana
  5. To learn to develop a Business Plan for Botswana

Syllabus of the Program: Doing Business in Lesotho

  1. Introduction to Lesotho
  2. Economy of the Kingdom of Lesotho
  3. International Trade of Lesotho
  4. Access to the market
  5. Customs of Lesotho
  6. Business opportunities in Lesotho
    1. Textile sector
    2. Plastics products
    3. Leather
    4. Agribusiness
    5. Mining
    6. Energy
    7. Development of infrastructures
  7. Case Study:
    1. Lesotho Highlands Water Project
    2. Textile Industry of Lesotho
  8. Lesotho National Development Corporation
  9. Access to the market of Lesotho

Objectives of the Program “Doing Business in Lesotho”:

  1. To learn to do business in Lesotho
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in Lesotho
  3. To know the trade agreements of Lesotho
  4. To investigate the trade relations of Lesotho with the country of the student
  5. To learn to develop a Business Plan for the market of Lesotho

Syllabus of the Program: Doing Business in Namibia

  1. Introduction to Namibia
  2. Namibian economy
  3. Namibian Foreign Trade
  4. Port of Walvis Bay
  5. Directorate of Customs
  6. Case Study:
    1. Free zone of Walvis Bay
    2. logistic corridors in Namibia: Walvis Bay, Trans-Oranje, Trans-Caprivi, Trans-Cunene
    3. Tripoli-Windhoek Corridor
  7. Free Trade Agreements of Namibia
  8. Investment opportunities in Namibia
  9. Access to the Namibian market
  10. Business Plan for Namibia

Objectives of the Program “Doing Business in Namibia”:

  1. To learn to do business in Namibia
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in Namibia
  3. To know the trade agreements of Namibia
  4. To investigate the trade relations of Namibia with the country of the student
  5. To learn to develop a Business Plan for the Namibian market

Syllabus of the Program: Doing Business in Swaziland

  1. Introduction to Swaziland
  2. Economy of Swaziland
  3. Swazi Foreign Trade
  4. Free Trade Agreements of Swaziland
  5. Access to the Swazi market
  6. Customs of Swaziland
  7. Fiscal Authority of Swaziland
  8. Business and Investment opportunities in Swaziland
    1. Mining
    2. Tourism
    3. Manufacture
    4. Agro-industry
  9. Company incorporation in Swaziland
  10. Case Study:
    1. Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation
    2. Tibiyo Taka Ngwane - one of the largest Swazi companies

Objectives of the Program “Doing Business in Swaziland”:

  1. To learn to do business in Swaziland
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in Swaziland
  3. To know the trade agreements of Swaziland
  4. To investigate the trade relations of Swaziland with the country of the student
  5. To learn to develop a Business Plan for the Swazi market
  6. To study the profile of Swazi companies

Syllabus of the Program: Doing Business in Zambia

  1. Introduction to Zambia
  2. Business in Lusaka
  3. Economy of Zambia
  4. Zambian Foreign Trade
  5. Customs of Zambia
  6. Free Trade Agreements of Zambia
  7. Business and Investment opportunities in Zambia
    1. Infrastructures
    2. Energy
    3. Agriculture
    4. Tourism
  8. Case Study:
    1. Mining
    2. Zambeef Company
  9. Access to the Zambian market
  10. Business Plan for Zambia

Objectives of the Program “Doing Business in Zambia”:

  1. To learn to do business in Zambia
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in Zambia
  3. To know the trade agreements of Zambia
  4. To investigate the trade relations of Zambia with the country of the student
  5. To learn to develop a Business Plan for the Zambian market
  6. To study the profile of Zambian companies

Monica Katebe Musonda (Zambia)

  1. The Zambian Businesswoman Monica Katebe Musonda
  2. The food company Java Foods

Syllabus of the Program: Doing Business in Zimbabwe

  1. Introduction to Zimbabwe
  2. Zimbabwean Economy
  3. Zimbabwean International
  4. Customs of Zimbabwe
  5. Business and Investment opportunities in Zimbabwe
    1. Agriculture
    2. Manufacture
    3. Mining
    4. Tourism
    5. Energy
    6. Water and sanitation
    7. Information and communication technologies
    8. Finance and insurances
    9. Services
  6. Case Study: Businessmen of Zimbabwe
    1. Divine Ndhlukula
    2. Sifiso Dabengwa
    3. Strive Masiyiwa
    4. Makomo Resources Company
  7. Access to the market Zimbabwean
  8. Business Plan for Zimbabwe

Objectives of the Program “Doing Business in Zimbabwe”:

  1. To learn to do business in Zimbabwe
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in Zimbabwe
  3. To know the trade agreements of Zimbabwe
  4. To investigate the trade relations of Zimbabwe with the country of the student
  5. To learn to develop a Business Plan for the Zimbabwean market
  6. To study the profile of Zimbabwean Businessmen

Divine Ndhlukula

  1. The Zimbabwean Businesswoman Divine Ndhlukula
  2. The security company SECURICO

Sifiso Dabengwa

  1. The Zimbabwean entrepreneur Sifiso Dabengwa
  2. Trans-African telecommunications group MTN
  3. Role of Sifiso Dabengwa as the director of the largest telecommunication company in Africa (MTN Group)

Strive Masiyiwa

  1. The Zimbabwean Businessman Strive Masiyiwa
  2. Econet Wireless Group

Syllabus of the Program: Doing Business in South Africa

  1. Introduction to South Africa
  2. His Excellency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
  3. South African Economy
  4. Economic profile of the provinces of South Africa
  5. Doing Business in Johannesburg, The Cape, Durban, and Pretoria
  6. South African International Trade
  7. South African ports
  8. European Union-South Africa Agreement
  9. Business opportunities in South Africa
  10. Invest in South Africa
  11. Case Study:
    1. Automotive sector of South Africa
    2. Shoprite
    3. Public companies
  12. Access to the South African market
  13. Business Plan for South Africa

Objectives of the Program “Doing Business in South Africa”:

  1. To learn to do business in South Africa
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in South Africa
  3. To know the trade agreements of South Africa
  4. To investigate the trade relations of South Africa with the country of the student
  5. To learn to develop a Business Plan for the South African market
  6. To study the profile of South African Businessmen

His Excellency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (former president of the African Union Commission)

  1. South African Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
  2. His role as former president of the African Union Commission (2012-2017)

Syllabus of the Program: South African Businessmen

Patrice Motsepe

  1. South African Businessman Patrice Motsepe
  2. Mining Business of Patrice Motsepe
  3. Motsepe Foundation

Cheryl Carolus

  1. South African Businesswoman Cheryl Carolus
  2. The investment company Petona

Wendy Appelbaum

  1. South African Businesswoman Wendy Appelbaum
  2. The investment company WIPHOLD
  3. The wine group Morgenzon

Rapelang Rabana

  1. South African Businesswoman Rapelang Rabana
  2. The telecommunication company Yeigo

Bridgette Radebe

  1. South African Businesswoman Bridgette Radebe
  2. The mining company Mmakau

Irene Charnley

  1. South African Businesswoman Irene Charnley
  2. The telecommunication company Smile

Cyril Ramaphosa

  1. South African Businessman Cyril Ramaphosa
  2. Shanduka Group
  3. The participation of Cyril Ramaphosa in the largest African telecommunication company: the MTN Group

We Trust in Africa

  1. ECTS = European Transfer and Accumulation System
  2. CECT = Credit of Capitalisable and Transferable Evaluation (CAMES)

Samples: Business in Southern Africa (Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business, e-learning, fourth semester)

Patrice Motsepe South African Businessman

Customs Union del Southern Africa (SACU)

SADC Customs Union

Sifiso Dabengwa Zimbabwean Businessman

Strive Masiyiwa Zimbabwe

Bridgette Radebe South African Businesswoman

Doing Business in Lesotho

Language of the subject “Business in Southern Africa” of the Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business (fourth semester): English or Spanish Licenciatura África French Licence Afrique Portuguese Bachelor's Degree Africa



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