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Title:Co-ordination of mineral marketing arrangements in southern Africa: problems and prospects
Author:Ng'andu, F.M.
Year:1985
Periodical:Zambia Law Journal
Volume:17
Pages:109-121
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:marketing boards
marketing
mining
Economics, Commerce
Minerals
Export policy
Abstract:Various measures, including compensatory financing schemes, commodity agreements and producers' associations, have been employed to stabilize the prices of minerals on the international markets, but with limited success. A possible alternative for tackling the problem of mineral price fluctuations is the creation of regional marketing corporations which would act to coordinate marketing policies at the regional level and improve the bargaining position of developing countries vis--vis the international mineral marketing institutions. This paper centres on the problems and prospects of the use of this approach in the southern African subregion, and its legal implications. Current mineral marketing arrangements in southern Africa involve the use either of statutory bodies or of mining companies. Both approaches, however, give the governments concerned the ultimate control over the matter. Governmental coordination of mineral marketing arrangements would therefore seem plausible, either within the framework of the SADCC or through the use of joint ventures. Since the harmonization of company laws in the subregion may involve a tortuous path, the author argues in favour of the ad hoc creation of a joint mineral marketing corporation functioning under a special regime. Note, ref.
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