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Economic Research Southern Africa has the pleasure to announce the appointment of Mr Matthew Simmonds as Executive Director. Matthew has extensive experience in economic policy. He was responsible for the Budget and Public Finance portfolios in his role as a deputy director-general at the National Treasury. While at the International Monetary Fund, Matthew supported member countries with fiscal analysis and the development of fiscal frameworks. In his new role, Matthew will be responsible for expanding ERSA’s activities, developing stronger links with policy makers and building on the current portfolio of training activities.

We would like to express a deep appreciation and thanks to the outgoing Founding Executive Director Professor Johannes Fedderke for his unwavering commitment to building ERSA over the years. Johannes has been the driving force behind ERSA’s success and will remain involved in ERSA and support the new Interim Executive Director.

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Covid Project Discussion: International perspectives and South Africa’s trade policy

The discussion will be based on two papers: Covid-19 and Lockdown Policies: A Structural Simulation Model of a Bottom-Up Recession in Four Countries by Sherman Robinson, Stephanie Levy, Victor Hernández, Rob Davies, Raul Hinojosa, Sherwin Gabriel, Channing Arndt, Dirk van Seventer, and Marcelo Pleitez and Understanding South Africa’s trade policy and performance by Matthew Stern and Yash Ramkolowan.
Improving South Africa’s international competitiveness requires both an understanding of the constraints facing the manufacturing and export sectors as well as a novel approach to trade negotiations.

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