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Title:Regional integration or regional cohabitation: Senegambia, 1982-1988
Author:Omole, Tale
Periodical:Quarterly Journal of Administration
Geographic terms:Senegal
Abstract:The objective of this paper is to examine whether the experiment which started in 1982 with the establishment by The Gambia and Senegal of the Senegambian Confederation, could be regarded as a concrete and successful example of regional integration, or rather as an arrangement that falls within the bracket of just any other bilateral or multilateral cooperation or cohabitation. After a discussion of some theoretical integrationist concepts, the author examines the achievements and failures that have characterized the relations between the two States since the establishment of the Confederation with respect to the integration of their armed forces and security, the coordination of policy in the field of external relations, the coordination of policy in the field of communications and transport, and the development of an economic and monetary union. It is clear from the Senegambian example that the issue of political integration amongst independent and sovereign States is still largely fraught with great difficulties and uncertainties, especially when it has to do with either of the States surrendering a bit of its political authority. Notes, ref.