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Title:Bridging the Gulf: SADC (Southern African Development Community)-GCC (Gulf Cooperative Council) Inter-Regional Linkages
Author:Pahad, Aziz
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic terms:Gulf States
Southern Africa
Subjects:international economic relations
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Inter-African Relations
international relations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10220460209545373
Abstract:This is the address delivered by the South African deputy minister of foreign affairs at the opening of the conference of the same name held on 4 October, 2001. Since the early 1990s when South Africa began to open up diplomatic relations with the Gulf States, cooperation between the two regions has been growing apace. As the two groups are facing many of the same problems such as a need for economic diversity and a need to develop skills, it was felt that a discussion between the SADC and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) would be appropriate. Mutual trade has been steadily increasing and has now reached a value of 50 billion rand, rather in favour of the oil-exporting Gulf States. Nevertheless, Southern African countries supply much needed food products, machinery, pharmaceuticals, and textiles. There are also over 10,000 Southern African expatriates working in the Gulf. The author stated that both areas can participate fruitfully in regional trade and both can benefit from the New Africa Initiative (NAI). He also called for extra cooperation to cushion both areas from the expected recession in the developed countries. [ASC Leiden abstract]