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Regional economic cooperation and integration in Africa

Niels Kristoffersen

Regional economic cooperation and integration in Africa

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Published by European Parliament Directorate General for Research in Luxembourg .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Statement[Niels Kristoffersen, Katrin Huber].
SeriesExternal economic relations series -- W-13
ContributionsHuber, Katrin., European Parliament. Directorate-General for Research.
The Physical Object
Pagination37p.
Number of Pages37
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL16529358M

The publication presents some notable achievements of regional integration in various sectors such as trade, transport, finance, tourism, energy, disaster management, water resources, peacekeeping training and political cooperation. The book was compiled and published by the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC) and. The Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa group together individual countries in subregions for the purposes of achieving greater economic integration. They are described as the "building blocks" of the African Union (AU) and are also central to the strategy for implementing the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).   Abstract. This article examines increasing regional economic integration in the Indian Ocean, along with the region’s rising importance in the global economy and outlines the challenges to greater regional : Ganeshan Wignaraja, Adam Collins, Pabasara Kannangara.


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Regional economic integration refers to efforts to promote free and fair trade on a regional basis. There are four main types of economic integration: Free trade areais the most basic form of economic cooperation. Member countries remove all barriers to trade between themselves, but are free to independently determine trade policies with.

This book presents a number of key studies pertaining to the most pressing challenges of economic regional integration in West Africa. The issues of monetary coordination, foreign exchange volatility, taxation, savings and macroeconomic convergence are investigated from a regional perspective.

Regional economic integration refers to efforts to promote free and fair trade on a regional basis. There are four main types of economic integration: Free trade area is the most basic form of economic cooperation. Member countries remove all barriers to trade between themselves, but are free to independently determine trade policies with.

Regional integration helps countries overcome divisions that impede the flow of goods, services, capital, people and ideas. These divisions are a constraint to economic growth, especially in developing countries. In FYThe World Bank Group engaged in projects dedicated to regional.

regionalism, regional integration, regional cooperation and economic integration. The concept of "regionalism" does not require much elabo- ration.

We take it to represent a regional approach to problem solving including regional integration, regional cooperation or both. The terms "regional integration" and "regional cooperation" have in File Size: 3MB. While there is great diversity among sub-regions, three sets of constraints (“hard” infrastructure, “soft” infrastructure, and political cooperation and institutions) typically impede progress toward greater regional integration in Africa.

The Asian experience of economic cooperation suggests another approach, focused on flexible Cited by: 3. Regional Integration in Africa: An Introduction 3 formal, rules ‐ based platform to which member countries are agreed, with effective sanction for countries which fail to implement the necessary.

KeyuanZou, in China–Asian Relations and International Law, Regional economic integration in East Asia comparatively lags behind. Although a regional mechanism called the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 1 was established in to work towards building closer economic ties among its members, its functioning has been restricted to that of an economic forum.

Integration in Africa can only be a long-term attempt to solve economic problems, because of its high absorption of scarce and therefore expensive factors of production.

In contrast to integration, cooperation seems to be a more useful approach to tackle the urgent employment and growth by: 2. Africa's current integration landscape contains an array of regional economic communities, including eight recognized as the building blocks of the African Union.

These eight are namely: AMU, CEN-SAD, COMESA, EAC, ECCAS, ECOWAS, IGAD and SADC. The regional economic communities are expected to serve their member States with the implementation of.

challenges of African regional integration. The EPA negotiations revealed important gaps between political ambitions and economic reality in African regional integration. Debates about the African integration agenda and indeed Africa’s strategy for integration into the global economy are emerging from these negotiations, which are still ongoing.

Regional integration operates in between the two, in the sense that it promotes ideas of active and voluntary cooperation among nation-states within a specified geographic area towards removing or. Much has been written about regional cooperation and integration in Africa.

Some strands of current literature on intra-African integration deal with institutional aspects of integration. For example, the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa have published successively three reports onFile Size: KB.

ISBN: OCLC Number: Notes: Cover title. Description: vi, 49 pages 28 cm. Series Title: Current reading list series, v. 10, no. SADC ushered in a new era for regional cooperation in Southern Africa after the Cold War, a troubled colonial past, liberation wars, apartheid rule in South Africa, with the occupation of Namibia and a decade of economic and military destabilisation of the SADCC members.

Unlike other Regional Economic Communities in Africa, SADCC prioritised File Size: KB. for Africa’s economic progress, focusing on trade reform under the current political arrangement and in the context of globalisation, is assessed.

Africa’s regional integration in historical perspective After independence regional integration became a pillar of Africa’s developmental strategy. Pan-Africanism, an. Promoting Africa’s growth and economic development by championing citizen inclusion and increased cooperation and integration of African states.

Key Programme Areas Economic Integration. Africa’s economic growth and performance this past decade has been exceptionally strong, even in the midst of widespread global economic crisis and.

Africa has witnessed various efforts of economic integration at the continental and regional levels. While the idea of regional integrationis as old as the Organization of African Unity now renamed as African Union, recent summits have reaffirmed Africa’s commitment toward boosting intra-Africa trade and integration.

With the grand aim of forming a continental economic community (African Cited by: 2. economic integration. The real economic power in Africa, however, rests with the regional eco-nomic communities and thus far little integration has been accomplished at the continental level.

The regional communities are primarily economic agree-ments, although some also have provisions for political and military cooperation. Regional Integration in Africa Bridging the North-Sub-Saharan Divide came about as a research project conducted by the Africa Institute of South Africa and examines the North African countries' strategies of involvement in the African continent, and their integration initiatives.

The book looks at major issues involving Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania. Regional Integration is a process in which neighboring states enter into an agreement in order to upgrade cooperation through common institutions and rules.

The objectives of the agreement could range from economic to political to environmental, although it has typically taken the form of a political economy initiative where commercial interests are the focus for achieving broader socio.

Reducing the barriers to trade and expanding global and regional cooperation have functioned as flatteners in an increasingly flat world.

Section "International Economic Cooperation among Nations" and Section "Regional Economic Integration" review the specific economic agreements governing global and regional trade—the successes and.

African regional integration is seen as key to enhancing political cooperation at the pan-African level, and of promoting economic growth, development and poverty reduction to help achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals.

A Handbook on Regional Integration in Africa: Towards Agenda provides a ready and accessible resource for. Regional cooperation and regional integration are deemed vital to tackle development challenges that cannot be solved at the national level. In Africa, many such challenges affect poor people’s lives in areas.

"Prompted by the uncertain outcome of the GATT/Uruguay Round negotiations, regional agreements mushroomed in different parts of the world. This book focuses on the regional co-operation efforts in the three continents of the world, viz.

Africa, Asia and Europe and their role in promoting and strengthening African : Hardcover. “Pan-Africanism, as an expression of continental identity and coherence, distinguishes regional integration in Africa from other regions in the developing world” (McCarthy,p.

14). But the economic arguments for regional co-operation are also particularly strong given the small size of many SSA countries in economic terms. Approach. The project assists regional and national decision-makers in developing strategies as well as in planning, steering and monitoring processes of regional economic cooperation and integration, thus helping them to fulfil their mandate.

This book considers the leadership of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the interaction with civil society in the process of South Asian regional cooperation and integration, and discusses how the emerging urgency in the provision of regional public goods provides an excellent opportunity to add to the successes Cited by: 7.

The Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD) is headed by a Director and reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme). The Division is responsible for contributing to effective regional cooperation and integration among member States by supporting efforts to deepen regional markets, boost intra-African trade, accelerate industrialization, foster market institutions and tackle.

Regional economic cooperation and integration in Africa: some bibliographical references. Montreal, Centre for Developing-Area Studies, McGill University, (OCoLC) on regional integration in southern Africa for the World Bank to promote its dialogue aimed at a coherent support initiative for regional cooperation and integration in the sub-region.

Members of the southern Africa team provided valuable inputs for and comments on earlier drafts. LIST OF BOXESFile Size: 1MB. Africa’s RECs do not only constitute key building blocks for economic integration in Africa, but are also key actors working in collaboration with the African Union (AU), in ensuring peace and.

world trade (Figure, ). In the WTO, regional trade agreement (RTAs) is referred to as customs unions, FTAs, and interim agreements. In this chapter, we use the term “regional integration” to signify both RTAs and other forms of regional cooperation.

Almost File Size: KB. The small, sparsely populated, fragmented, and often isolated economies across Africa make a compelling case for these economies to integrate regionally to, reap efficiency gains, exploit economies of scale, and reduce the thickness of borders.

But lack of complementarities among partners and diminishing returns to the exploitation of resources has reduced supply response to market-integration Author: Jaime de Melo, Yvonne Tsikata. Professional Course: African Regional ic Communities (e-learning Online, 8 ECTS,) Ten subjects compose the “Professional Course: Regional Economic Integration in Africa” (Online) taught by EENI Global Business School.

Subjects of the Course. Introduction to the Regional Economic Integration in Africa (1 ECTS). Regional Economic Communities (REC). Regional Integration in Africa OECD Development Centre. Regional integration and co-ordination are not a panacea but they could hold the key to African countries' long-awaited participation in the world economy.

OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The importance of regional economic integration is a very pertinent issue in Africa, particularly in light of existing political and economic weaknesses.

Africa is infested withFile Size: KB. The Asia Regional Integration Center (ARIC) is an ongoing technical assistance project of the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD).Following the /98 Asian financial crisis and the contagion evident around the region, ADB was asked to use its knowledge-based expertise to help monitor the recovery and report objectively on potential vulnerabilities and policy solutions.

Regional economic integration has a fairly long history in virtually all parts of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). regional integration and pre-conditions and principles for regional integration in sub-Saharan Africa.

The is from simple coordination or cooperation to deep Size: KB. Largely a political concept, key leaders have pursued the economic integration of the continent in various ways, often confusing political solidarity with economic reality.

The OAU Charter of and the Constitutive Act establishing the African Union of define regional integration as one of the foundations of African unity. Clearly, the process of European integration within the EC has gone further than integration in other regional settings.

A relatively loose definition may be better for comparative studies. However, it seems fair to say that collective decision-making is an important aspect of all regional integration Size: KB.The Regional Economic Communities (RECs) are regional groupings of African states. The RECs have developed individually and have differing roles and structures.

Generally, the purpose of the RECs is to facilitate regional economic integration between members of the individual regions and through the wider African Economic Community (AEC), which.Provides the rationale for deeper economic cooperation and integration in general, and in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in particular, by discussing the benefits in terms of productivity gains, growth enhancement, and job creation and assessing the achievements in, opportunities for, and challenges of deeper regional economic cooperation and integration within the region and between.