New GIBS article: Tougher than the rest? The impact of COVID-19 on South African exporters By Marianne Matthee, Adrian Saville, Wayde Flowerday, and Carli Bezuidenhout

The export sector is vital to the performance of the South African economy given its structure as

a small, open economy. The contribution of the export sector to the gross domestic product (GDP)

rose from 19.5% in the early 1990s to 24.4% by the end of that decade, as trade sanctions imposed

on South Africa’s apartheid regime were removed and the economy emerged to increasingly

participate in global trade (World Bank 2022a). Click here to read full article