|Title:||Special economic zones in South Africa: reflections from international debates|
Nel, Etienne L.
Rogerson, Christian M.
|Periodical:||Urban Forum (ISSN 1874-6330)|
|Geographic term:||South Africa|
|Abstract:||South Africa’s experience with spatial economic interventions has had a chequered history with the Industrial Development Zone programme most recently failing to generate anticipated development. Current policy has shifted to the imminent launch of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) as tools for national (re)industrial development and supporting underdeveloped regions. This article reflects on recent South African experience with spatial economic interventions and international experience with SEZs, paying particular attention to their strengths, weakness and key establishment considerations. It is argued that unfolding South African SEZ planning can be strengthened by learning from the ‘good’ and ‘bad practice’ of international SEZs. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]|
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