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Title:Tanzania and regional integration in East Africa: old and new patterns
Author:Nabudere, D. WadadaISNI
Periodical:The African Review: A Journal of African Politics, Development and International Affairs
Geographic term:East Africa
East African Community
Abstract:The root cause of the failure to realise an East African federation based on the Pan-African ideal must be traced back to the basic contradictions that imperialism introduced into the region. The yearning for national development by each of the countries concerned was positive and justified, but such national development could not be realised with the continued economic control of these countries by imperialism. The exploitative and oppressive relationships introduced by imperialist monopolies were behind the strains and stresses that became even more noticeable in the period 1958-62, and it was only acceptance of the stark realities that compelled the three East African countries to agree to a limited amount of regional cooperation, as formulated in the Kampala Agreement of 1964 and 1965 (which failed) and the Treaty for East African Cooperation (1967). The factors which ultimately led to the break up of the Community can be explained only through an understanding of the forces of imperialist exploitation and domination. At the same time the collapse of the Community has brought about a realisation of the need to develop new organs and institutions for regional cooperation. Notes.