South African Cultural Observatory

SAs trade in cultural goods and services with a focus on cultural trade with BRICS partners

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SAs trade in cultural goods and services with a focus on cultural trade with BRICS partners This report explores the growth and structure of South Africa’s cultural and creative industries trade, with a focus on the country’s trade with its BRICS partners. As part of a broader mapping study of South Africa’s cultural and creative sector, the report uses the trade classification system that is set out in the UNESCO (2009) Framework for Cultural Statistics (FCS). More particularly, the study uses UN Comtrade data at the 6-digit level of the 2007 Harmonised System (HS) for the goods trade analysis. This allows for a direct mapping to the HS codes used to define cultural goods trade in the UNESCO (2009) FCS. It also allows for an investigation of intra-industry trade by domain. Increased intra-industry specialisation within particular sectors or domains can better harness the potential benefits of trade expansion and promote more balanced value added trade.
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