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Title:Some thoughts on economic cooperation and regional integration in southern Africa
Author:Mahamba, Sipho
Periodical:Annual conference - African Society of International and Comparative Law
Geographic terms:East Africa
Southern Africa
Abstract:This article deals with three regional organizations in southern Africa that are concerned with economic cooperation and integration: the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), and the Preferential Trade Area for Eastern and Southern African States (PTA). The article describes each organization's history, objectives, membership, strengths and weaknesses. It discusses how these organizations may cooperate with a postapartheid South Africa and how they could deal with the challenges posed by the demise of the Cold War and the vast economic problems for developing countries occasioned by the new international economic environment. It sketches possible scenarios for cooperation, as well as the possible merger of the three organizations in the aftermath of apartheid. In conclusion, the article advocates the formation of a single regional organization to spur economic growth in southern Africa. Notes, ref.