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Title:Regional economic integration in southern Africa: an analysis of the legal and political character of the present set-up
Author:Ringo, F.S.
Year:1993
Periodical:Internationales Afrikaforum
Volume:29
Issue:1
Pages:61-66
Language:English
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:SADC
COMESA
Abstract:The heads of States and governments of the SADCC recently met and signed a treaty establishing the Southern African Development Community (SADC). This was the point of culmination of a boiling internal conflict between two of the major subregional institutions of economic integration, that is SADCC and the Preferential Trade Area for eastern and southern Africa (PTA). This article discusses the question as to whether the SADCC heads of States, in creating the SADC, have successfully solved the underlying legal and political problems that have for so long beset the parallel existence of SADCC and PTA. The article first deals with the legal status of the two institutions. Then it clarifies the legal issues that faced the heads of State before they decided to form SADC. Third, it discusses the options that were available including their constraints. Finally, it analyses the possible consequences in both legal and politico-economic terms of the important phenomenon of regional economic integration in the subregion. The author concludes that the legal and political problems that face regional integration in Africa are far from being over; in fact, in the light of the contemporary international issue confronting integration schemes, new political and legal questions are arising. These will definitely have a bearing on the future of the success of the PTA's attempt towards a common market and the SADC's efforts. Notes, ref.
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