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The Quest for an African Economic Community

Regional Integration and its Role in Achieving African Unity – The Case of SADC


Wolff-Christian Peters

The African Union (AU) aims at creating an African Economic Community (AEC) by 2034. Eight recognized Regional Economic Communities (REC) are supposed to form the building blocs of the AEC. The book shows that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is currently the most advanced and promising REC but still behind schedule in reaching its own integration objectives. If the currently most successful of the African RECs may not achieve sufficiently deep regional integration in time then the chances to establish the AEC by 2034 are slim indeed. Combining economic and political analysis the author examines SADC, its achievements and potential in detail. Special reference is given to the impact of the Zimbabwe crisis on regional integration.
Contents: Regional Integration and Development – Neo-classical model of regional integration – Historical dimensions of regional integration – Building blocs of the African Economic Community – Southern African Development Community – Economic and political dimensions of SADC inte­gration – Impact of Zimbabwe crisis.