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Title:Contextualising NEPAD: regionalism, plurilateralism and multilateralism
Author:Ndayi, ZolekaISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic term:Africa
economic development
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10220460903495132
Abstract:There is a dearth of literature on the nature and scope of the African Union's New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) in relation to trends in the international trade system. Available literature concentrates on the neoliberal character of the programme and views it as exposing the uncompetitive African economies to the hostile international economic environment. Contrary to this view, this article argues that NEPAD, because of its three-part approach within contemporary trade trends, could be a viable strategy to promote economic development in the continent. Firstly, NEPAD promotes reformed developmental regionalism, since it combines collective self-reliance of member States with 'strategic linking' into the global market. Secondly, it connects strategic linking to new partnerships through plurilateralism, as depicted by the G8 Africa Action Plan. Finally, NEPAD promotes multilateralism through engagements with the World Trade Organisation, the UN and the World Bank. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]