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Journal of Strategic Studies : A Journal of the Southern Bureau of Strategic Studies Trust - Volume 4, Issue 1, 2013
Volume 4, Issue 1, 2013
Author Albert MakochekanwaSource: Journal of Strategic Studies : A Journal of the Southern Bureau of Strategic Studies Trust 4, pp 1 –25 (2013)More Less
This article investigates the nature of post global financial crisis trade and investment measures adopted and implemented by Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe with the intention of teasing out the potential impacts of such measures on intra-SADC trade and investment. The post crisis period understudy is from 2008 to 2011. The study found that all measures which were announced and/or implemented by Botswana were a hindrance to intra-SADC trade as they discourage imports from the region for government procurement. They also discourage procurement from locally registered entities which are not citizen owned. In the case of South Africa, measures which have been implemented by this country to limit the impact of the global financial crisis have resulted in mixed impacts on SADC intra-regional trade and investment. Some measures, especially those dealing with changes in export taxes and import duties have been very beneficial (or are likely to be beneficial) to SADC countries which export goods which are covered by the various import duty change measures. On the other hand, measures dealing with government procurement are a hindrance to intra-SADC trade as they discourage imports from the region for government procurement. Lastly, for Zimbabwe, most of the export/import duty changes measures which were implemented by Zimbabwe support regional integration of the SADC region, while measures of share ownership (although not yet fully implemented) have already set at motion a trend which discourages investment ventures by businesses from the SADC region.
Source: Journal of Strategic Studies : A Journal of the Southern Bureau of Strategic Studies Trust 4, pp 26 –45 (2013)More Less
The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of the adoption of e-banking and usage on the quality of service delivery of the Central Africa Building Society using the eight dimensions of quality service proposed by Yang et al. (2003) namely; prompt delivery, credibility, ease of use, reliability, communication, access and competence. The study also adopts the security dimension from the original SERVQUAL, since available literature on e-channels has highlighted the need for security. The study concludes from the data collected that the main challenges for CABS in terms of the quality of service are the issue of the system downtime, inability of clients to have the e-banking infrastructure i.e. computers and cell phones and while for the rural market inability to use some of these e-banking channels. The greatest fear inhibiting use of internet banking was the issue of security.
Author J.D.G. NhaviraSource: Journal of Strategic Studies : A Journal of the Southern Bureau of Strategic Studies Trust 4, pp 46 –56 (2013)More Less
This study investigates monetary aggregates for Zimbabwe and evaluates their performance against income. The most commonly used definitions of money - usually allocated the symbols M1, M2 and M3 is dependent on the degree of substitutability of the various monetary assets for currency and demand deposits. This study employed the Friedman and Meiselman (1963) approach to determine which monetary aggregate and monetary component has the highest correlation with income. This will enable the definition of the appropriate monetary aggregate for Zimbabwe. The monetary aggregates employed are sourced from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe for the period 2009-2012. The GDP growth rates used are two years before (earlier) two years into the future (later) - and current. It is found that commercial bank deposits over 30 days under the current criterion is the most appropriate monetary aggregate for Zimbabwe since it has the highest correlation with income of 0.809 with GDP while the M3 aggregate had the highest correlation coefficient of 0.916 with GDP thus fulfilling the F-M dual criterion.