Economic Integration And Development in Africa by Henry Kyambalesa

By Henry Kyambalesa

Debates as to what African financial integration and improvement really involves rage throughout overseas monetary corporations, nationwide govt and NGOs internationally. regardless of the glare of media recognition and the location, this factor has on foreign political agendas, few complete money owed exist that absolutely learn why this strategy could be an inevitable within the twenty first century, and the way integration of nationwide economies should be attuned to reaching the socio-economic ambitions and aspirations of member-countries. This booklet addresses this challenge. It combines conception with software, enumerating the imperatives and projects governments might be compelled to confront; offering insights for educators and scholars in African improvement, for coverage makers in African governments, and for inter-governmental corporations.

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Html, December 2, 1999. ’25 However, not even an unprecedented proliferation of regional trading blocs can, according to the ‘theory of the second best,’ yield welfare gains that are ‘second best’ in comparison to those which would accrue from free trade among all nations of the world. 5 A Summing-Up In this chapter, we have explored the following themes: (a) The various forms and stages of economic integration—that is, preferential trade arrangements, a free trade area, a customs union, a common market, an economic union, a monetary union, and a political union.

2 After integration 5 6 Economic Integration and Development in Africa By integrating its economy with that of Malawi, a low-cost producer of mattresses, Zambia has clearly increased its welfare by IH (or Q7 minus Q5) mattresses—that is, from EG (or Q5) to KH (or Q7) units. This increase represents what may be referred to as the ‘welfare effect’ associated with the integration of national economies. Production of mattresses by Zambian manufacturers, however, declines from Q2 to Q1 units due to the availability of low-cost imports in the country.

16 Economic Integration and Development in Africa sustained political will, competitive national economies, similar stage of development, geographical proximity, sound pre-integration trade ties, high preintegration trade barriers, low post-integration trade barriers, a large number of countries, existence of preferential treatment accorded to potential cooperating countries prior to integration, a viable mechanism for ensuring equitable sharing of gains and losses among members, and a mutually acceptable mechanism for ensuring fair distribution of essential IGO institutions.

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