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Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook 2012


Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook 2012

Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook 2012

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The Monitoring Regional Integration Yearbook has become a household name in the SADC region, when it comes to monitoring the progress or non-progress of integration within the southern Africa region.

Celebrating its 12th edition in the current year it has proven to be a platform of scientific discussion and exchange of political views. A closer look at the 2012 issue sheds some light on the variety of subjects that drive or hinder regional integration. They range from the influence of emerging powers like China on the SADC region to the cooperation between MERCUSOR and SACU to the role of legislature in the process of integration. It also reaches beyond the SADC region to take a closer look at developments in Eastern Africa. The thematic approach spans from trade to transport, from energy to the judiciary.

With major elections just lying ahead or just having passed (Angola, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia), with the issue of the SADC tribunal still unsolved, with critical challenges such as the sustainable energy supply not finally addressed, the region once again seems to have arrived at a watershed moment:

What good can the process of regional integration do to provide solutions for the challenges the region is facing? How can Southern Africa arrive at a stage, where the ideas of a common market, free trade, stability, security and sustainability are implemented successfully?

From the standpoint of many western analysts, Africa seems to be the rising continent, full of opportunities and no longer just challenges. But in order to grasp these opportunities Southern Africa needs to have the proper mechanisms in place to facilitate investments and to ensure prosperity for larger parts of its population. These mechanisms are also needed to let the region emerge as one of the new global players, especially when it comes to economic development.

It is against this background that the 12th edition of the Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook should be seen as contribution to further drive the process of integration and to address critical development, challenges, but also successes.

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Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook 2012 [complete e-book]
Contents, About the Authors and Foreword
Introduction - Author(s): Trudi Hartzenberg
Ch 1. The domestic status of international agreements: has the South African Constitutional Court chartered a new approach and could regional integration benefit? - Author(s): Gerhard Erasmus
Ch 2. An assessment of the TDCA - Author(s): Ron Sandrey and Tania Gill
Ch 3. South African agricultural imports and policy space - Author(s): Ron Sandrey
Ch 4. How can Aid for Trade facilitate green growth and sustainable development in southern and eastern Africa? - Author(s): Willemien Viljoen
Ch 5. What scope is there for regional industrial policies in the SADC Regional Economic Community? - Author(s): Harry Zarenda
Ch 6. Regional energy cooperation in SADC: is the southern African power pool currently powered by external funding? - Author(s): Johannes Muntschick
Ch 7. The role of regional judiciaries in eastern and southern Africa - Author(s): Elisa Tino
Ch 8. Tying the region together or tearing it apart? China and transport infrastructure projects in the SADC region - Author(s): Sören Scholvin and Georg Strüver
Ch 9. The MERCOSUR-SACU Preferential Trade Agreement: a step forward in South-South relations? - Author(s): Marumo Nkomo and Belén Olmos
Ch 10. Institutional anchoring of regional integration in the East African Community - Author(s): Dirk Hansohm and Leonard Kwinga
Ch 11. Chinese investment in Southern Africa with a Macanese accent? - Author(s): Fernando Dias Simões

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