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Siya Biniza

Siyaduma Biniza

Siya is the Executive Director at PESA, an independent research think-tank advancing knowledge that enables regional integration in SADC and to developing policies for a secure, prosperous and unified Africa. Siya founded PESA in 2015 and has led the organisation to becoming the premier resource for political economy analysis, regional integration and policy dialogues in SADC.

As Executive Director, Siya focuses on extending the impact of PESA’s work. He challenges the organisation to broaden its reputation of accessible political economy analysis and contribution towards policy solutions that promote SADC regional integration and sustainable development in Africa. A champion of PESA’s vision, Siya has co-authored a number of publications and his expertise is focused on Manufacturing and Trade, Services and Trade, and Governance and Civil Society. He has an insightful understanding of political economy, regional integration, and public policy.

Siya has served in a variety of senior leadership positions in the South African government and NGO sector. He has consulted for a number of governments in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region for the regional programme jointly funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the UK Department for International Development, aimed at supporting institutionalisation and sustainability of vulnerability analysis and assessment systems and processes in SADC. He has also coordinated negotiations and the revisions to key regional legislation such as the Common Monetary Area (CMA) Agreement between South Africa, eSwatini, Lesotho and Namibia. Siya has also served in various fiduciary capacities on the boards private body corporates and public trusts, including the Caswill Body Corporate and the Independent Development Trusts which reports to the South African Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure. Siya’s work has been recognised through prestigious awards and fellowships from institutions such as the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, the Public Affairs Research Institute, Economic Research Southern Africa and the South African Department of Trade, Industry and Competition. Siya received his B.Soc.Sci. (PPE) from the University of Cape Town and his M.Com. in Development Theory and Policy from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Balance of Payments and International FDI Position in Rwanda: FY2019/20

Rwanda BoP and FDI Position: FY2019/20

Rwandan merchandise export earnings have been growing consistently since 2015. The faster export earnings have not been sufficient to improve Rwanda’s current account balance. The balance of payments has been ...
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Balance of Payments and International FDI Position in Nigeria: FY2019/20

Nigeria BoP and FDI Position: FY2019/20

Nigerian merchandise export earnings have been recovering from the period of low commodity prices from 2014 to 2016. The faster growth in export earnings has not been sufficient to improve ...
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Balance of Payments and International FDI Position in Kenya: FY2019/20

Kenya BoP and FDI Position: FY2019/20

Kenyan merchandise export earnings have been volatile but started recovering since 2017. The export earnings growth has not been sufficient to improve Kenya’s current account balance. The balance of payments ...
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Balance of Payments and International FDI Position in Ghana: FY2019/20

Ghana BoP and FDI Position: FY2019/20

Ghanaian merchandise export earnings have been growing consistently since 2017. The faster export earnings growth has improved Ghana’s current account balance. However, the balance of payments deteriorated to a deficit ...
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Balance of Payments and International FDI Position in Ethiopia: FY2019/20

Ethiopia BoP and FDI Position: FY2019/20

Ethiopian merchandise export earnings have been volatile since 2016. The current account balance has improved despite the volatility in merchandise export earnings. The balance of payments has been volatile despite ...
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Balance of Payments and International FDI Position in Zimbabwe: FY2019/20

Zimbabwe BoP and FDI Position: FY2019/20

Zimbabwean merchandise export earnings have been growing consistently since 2016. The faster growth in export earnings has not been sufficient to improve Zimbabwe’s current account balance. The balance of payments ...
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Balance of Payments and International FDI Position in Tanzania: FY2019/20

Tanzania BoP and FDI Position: FY2019/20

Tanzanian merchandise trade exports have decreased consistently since 2016. The slower export earnings have deteriorated Tanzania’s current account balance. The balance of payments has deteriorated but gross official reserves have ...
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Balance of Payments and International FDI Position in South Africa: FY2019/20

South Africa BoP and FDI Position: FY2019/20

South African merchandise export earnings have grown consistently since 2017. The faster export earnings have not been sufficient to improve South Africa’s current account balance. The balance of payments has ...
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Impacts of Africa-Sino Relations on Development in SADC

Impacts of Africa-Sino Relations on Development in SADC

The September 2018 issue focuses on evaluating Africa-Sino relations and its impact on African development - What is the relationship between SADC countries and China? what is China's foreign policy towards ...
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Land Reform and Rural Transformation in SADC

Land Reform and Rural Transformation in SADC

The May 2018 issue focuses on the different approaches to African land reform and rural transformation - What are the different approaches to land governance and land reform in SADC? what are ...
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Impacts of Political Uncertainty on Growth in SADC

Impacts of Political Uncertainty on Growth in SADC

The September 2017 issue focuses on political uncertainty and its impact on economic growth in the SADC region – What is the current political economy context in SADC? what is ...
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Impacts of Slow Global Growth in SADC

Impacts of Slow Global Growth in SADC

The June 2017 issue focuses on slow economic growth in major economies and its impact on the SADC region – What are the drivers and key role players in the ...
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Infrastructure Development and Financing in SADC

Infrastructure Development and Financing in SADC

The March 2017 issue focuses on infrastructure and investment in SADC – What are the infrastructure and investment trends within SADC? what are the key institutions driving infrastructure development and ...
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Regional Value Chains and Trade in SADC

Regional Value Chains and Trade in SADC

The December 2016 issue focuses on regional value chains and industrialisation in Southern Africa – What are regional value chains? how do they operate? which ones exist in the SADC ...
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Political Economy of Regional Integration in SADC

Political Economy of Regional Integration in SADC

The September 2016 issue is an introduction to regional integration – What are the key RECs in the region? how are the countries and institutions organised? what are the outcomes? ...
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Siya has also published some work in books, through conference presentations, and in peer-reviewed journals. See some of his most recent works below:

  • Biniza, S. 2020. ‘Macroeconomic Trends and Policy Context: Creating a Conducive Policy Environment for BEE’, in Beyond Tenderpreneurship: Rethinking Black Business and Economic Empowerment, Cawe & K. Mabasa (eds.), MISTRA: Johannesburg. Available At: https://mistra.org.za/.
  • Biniza, S. & Tsebe, M. 2015. ‘Analysing Total Factor Productivity Growth for South Africa’s Manufacturing Sector Using a DEA-Based Malmquist Productivity Index’, South African Journal of Economics, Vol. 83, Issue 1. Available At: http://2015.essa.org.za/.

 

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