Latin American Journal of Trade Policy <p>The Latin American Journal of Trade Policy is an official publication of the Institute of International Studies of the University of Chile. Following an open access policy, the full version of the journal, and individual papers, will be available on-line free of charge.</p> <p>The Latin American Journal of Trade Policy (LAJTP) focusses on trade policy issues in Latin America from a multidisciplinary perspective. A particular aim of the journal is reduce the gap between academia and policymakers. As such, the journal encourages paper submissions on topics related to trade policy formulation, implementation and evaluation; international trade agreements and their impact, including WTO issues and preferential trade agreements; Latin American regional integration processes; and, bilateral trade and investment relations both between Latin American countries and with overseas economies.<br> The journal is interested in publishing papers that draw policy relevant conclusions from academic research, that confront theoretical models with the Latin American experience and that use the specific regional experiences to develop new models. Particular consideration is given to empirical articles using quantitative, qualitative, or a mixed methods approach.<br> We encourage the submission of articles that:</p> <ul> <li class="show">contribute to existing knowledge of trade policy making in Latin America;</li> <li class="show">develop and advance pertinent theories to the region;</li> <li class="show">deal with the gap between academia and policy making;</li> <li class="show">utilize quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches.</li> </ul> Institute of International Studies, University of Chile en-US Latin American Journal of Trade Policy 0719-9368 Nearshoring of US manufacturing corporates’ supply chains: exploring administrative and economic issues for their potential expansion across the Americas <p>This article explores the main issues in relation to the current trend towards the deglobalization of supply chains. Specifically, it investigates the nearshoring from China of manufacture activities, mostly intermediate industrial goods, by US corporates, and how the Americas can best take advantage of this trend. This relocation into the region represents an important opportunity to speed up its economic development. For this purpose, the regional economic and administrative readiness for this trend will be explored based on the CAGE model proposed by Ghemawat (2007) to identify key areas for further improvements to enhance the regional nearshoring potential.</p> Yoel Modesto González Bravo Copyright (c) 2022 Yoel Modesto González Bravo 2022-09-09 2022-09-09 5 13 10.5354/0719-9368.2022.66257 Linkages between Foreign Direct Investment, Trade Openness and Economic Growth in South Africa: Does Exchange Rate Regime Choice Matter? <p>This paper investigates the linkages between FDI, tradeopenness, and economic growth, and the role of exchangerate regime choice. To achieve this objective, the studyused a secondary data set for the period 1995 - 2018 for South Africa. The study employed the ARDL and Granger causality test. The results showed no Granger causality between GDP and FDI. Uni-directional Granger causality was found to flow from GDP to trade openness and FDI to exchange rate. A bi-directional causality was established between GDP and exchange rate, and between trade openness and exchange rate. A Gregory-Hansen cointegration test was introduced to handle the concept of regime changes in the current study. Findings from the ARDL with a known structural break for exchange rate regime choice revealed that exchange rate had a significant positive impact on economic growth in the short-run, whereas it had a significant negative impact on economic growth in the long-run. This implies that, during the initial stages of an exchange rate policy, the South African rand appreciated, leading to a boost in economic growth. A change from managed float exchange rate regime to a free float exchange rate regime caused a 1.49% increase in economic growth. This may be interpreted as an indication that the free float exchange rate is a better choice compared to a managed float exchange rate. To conclude, the paper discusses policy implications and suggestions to policymakers in South Africa.</p> Thobekile Qabhobho Edmund Vincent Nyarko Amoah Isaac Doku Copyright (c) 2022 Thobekile Qabhobho, Edmund Vincent Nyarko Amoah, Isaac Doku 2022-09-09 2022-09-09 5 13 10.5354/0719-9368.2022.66007 The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA): Possible benefits for women and youth in Africa <p>This paper intends to analyze the potential economic benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) for African women and youth population. Women and youth population in Africa live in poverty and are unemployed, resulting in high crime rates and increased dependence on social services. The fact that more people in Africa depend on the government's social services has placed a burden on government resources. The African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2018 witnessed the signing of the AfCFTA by the heads of state of 44 African nations. So far, 36 of Africa's 54 nations have signed the treaty. The AfCFTA will establish a single market for goods and services, making it simpler for individuals to move across the continent and foster trade development. It will also help economic growth and contribute to a more prosperous and equitable society. It is worth mentioning that Africa has the world's youngest population, with women constituting half of the continent's population. Based on this premise, this research analyzes how the AfCFTA might benefit women and youth population, utilizing a qualitative research approach and a review of the current literature. The article highlights the potential benefits from the AfCFTA for both women and youth population.</p> Xolani Thusi Victor Malambo Toyin Adetibah Copyright (c) 2022 Xolani Thusi, Victor Malambo, Toyin Adetibah 2022-09-09 2022-09-09 5 13 10.5354/0719-9368.2022.66963