Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/229394
Authors: 
Karambakuwa, Roseline T.
Matekenya, Weliswa
Mishi, Syden
Jeke, Leward
Ncwadi, Ronney M.
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper No. 2020/170
Abstract: 
The paper evaluates strategies for developing successful special economic zones and transnational zones for Southern African countries to spur growth and employment. Most special economic zones implemented in Southern Africa have largely failed to bring adequate growth and employment due to numerous constraints. Globally, selected countries have successfully implemented export-oriented industries through such spatial industrial policy. We review case studies across the world by comparing different regions on selected indicators related to the bestpractice framework developed through this study. The framework represents the five key components of successful special enterprise zones, namely: institutional arrangements; running (operational) framework; expansion framework; attaining/achieving framework; and reflection/review mechanisms. We identify best practice and review the implications for implementation and sustainability strategy in Southern Africa. The main findings point to unique lessons from international best practice on the establishment and operational strategy for zones and opportunities for transnational zones.
Subjects: 
special economic zones
spatial industrial policy
growth
best practice
sustainability
Southern Africa
JEL: 
O14
O18
O25
O55
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-927-3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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