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Title:Prospects of Increasing Regional Cooperation: A South African Perspective
Author:Leistner, Erich
Year:1995
Periodical:Africa Insight
Volume:25
Issue:1
Pages:55-60
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:international economic relations
common markets
Politics and Government
Inter-African Relations
Economics and Trade
Abstract:The government of South Africa is committed to close economic and other ties with neighbouring countries on the basis of equity, mutual benefit and nondomination. While the government has not yet spelled out in detail its policy with respect to regional cooperation and integration, prevailing opinion favours a two-track approach to closer intraregional economic ties: sectorial cooperation and coordination as the immediate objective, and market integration as the more distant objective. This article examines, from a South African perspective, the benefits and problems associated with closer regional interaction in some of the more important sectors: agriculture, mining, manufacturing, construction, tourism, ecology and wildlife, trade, finance, transport and communications, electric power, water, labour issues, and health, education and training. The article also discusses the multiplicity of institutional arrangements for regional cooperation and market integration in southern Africa, arguing that it is counterproductive if countries belong to two or three different regional organizations, and that a harmonization of these organizations is therefore desirable. Note, ref.
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